The iconic "Tetris" "Type A" theme song is recognizable across the globe. However, the song was popular in its country of origin even before the video game shot it up to international notoriety.
The tune is based off of a 19th century Russian folk song entitled "Korobeiniki," which roughly translates to "Peddlers." The song takes inspiration from a poem of the same name written by Nikolay Nekrasov, which was first documented in 1861.
It tells the tale of a peddler who attempts to court a peasant girl via the means of bartering. "Korobeiniki" quickly became popular for many reasons, but mostly due to its unique arrangement coupled with an increasing tempo as the song progresses. As such, it has been adapted by many and gone down as one of the country's most popular historical songs.
The first "Tetris" game was released in 1984 by two Russian developers, Alexey Pajitnov and Vladimir Pokhilko, but it was when Nintendo got a hold of the title that made the game as popular as it is today.
In 1989, with the development of "Tetris" for the GameBoy, legendary Japanese video game composer, Hirokazu Tanaka, was asked to rearrange the folk song to be used in the game. It was then that the track exploded and became known all over the world as the "Tetris song."
Since then, it has been rearranged and reintroduced into multiple "Tetris" games. With so many covers and samples used today, and its notoriety as a video game theme, it is important to recognize the origins of such a track.
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