Many of you have probably seen this a stringed instrument with an oval body, long neck and strained on them, with three or four strings. The domra is part of the orchestra of folk instruments, and in several species Piccolo, small, Alto, bass and contributiva.
And a hundred years ago, nobody knew what it looks like domra. A single instrument did not exist in Russia, and even drawings have not been preserved: in the XVII century it was executed as a criminal. In medieval Russia domra was the main instrument of folk musicians and actors-musicians. Clowns went to villages, cities, and organized fun idea. But they not only entertained people. In their playful performances they ridiculed the vices and were often high and mighty. He allowed himself a joke, not always harmless, and over the Christian religion. This aroused the wrath of the authorities, both ecclesiastical and secular. The persecutions began buffoons. They are brutally punished, exiled, and sometimes executed. Together with them were persecuted and domra. And she was gone.
Only at the very end of the nineteenth century the head of the first orchestra of Russian folk instruments centuries Andreev interested in not only the balalaika, but also other Russian folk instruments, found an image of domra and it restored the instrument, and then created and a whole family of domras, similar to the family of balalaikas.
Vasily Vasilievich Andreyev