As Russia's empire crumbled, its rich traditional music became lost but not forgotten. Today, Russian artists struggle to recover the old in order to invent a new blend of Russian music. The symphonies of Tchaikovsky and Mousorgsky still express the best old Russian music, bringing the past to the present. No matter if you are a composer or a peasant living on the streets of Moscow, music is the most familiar source of entertainment where the sensitive, reverent Russian soul is best expressed and shared. As foreigners meander along the streets anywhere in Russia, the old and new songs are constantly being sung by its people who are always overflowing with spirit and pride.