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Veniamin Smekhov's composition on Vladimir Mayakovsky's letters and poetryon Vyacheslav Ganelin's music

Backbone Flute is a poem by Vladimir Mayakovsky written in the autumn of 1915 and first published in December of that year in Vzyal (Взял, Took) almanac, heavily censored. Its first unabridged version appeared in March 1919, in Vladimir Mayakovsky's Collected Works 1909-1919.

The poem deals with the themes of passionate love hurled down to the feet of a woman who still prefers safe haven of domesticity and social status provided by her successful husband, vengeful God's cruelty, death and suicide.



  • Galina Aksenova
  • Irina Galushkinna
  • Maria Danilova
  • Vladislav Frolov


  • Veniamin Smehov
  • Maria Matveeva
  • Dmitriy Vysotskiy