The run-down bar in the St. Petersburg is nearly deserted, apart from some late night music enthusiasts.
“You play well lad”, Vladimir quips keeping his lute down.
“Nothing compared to what you played just now” the guy replies. “Whose composition?
“Would you believe if I said it’s mine?”
“Why not, you can mint money with it. With my lyrics – we name it ‘City of Gold’!”
“Don’t be silly. Nobody knows Vladimir Vavilov. And Vladimir doesn’t need money. Music is enough to fill my tummy. If you really want to make money with this – you tell them its “Сanzona by Francesco da Milano”.
And that was the name world came to know the composition – “City of Gold”. It was an instant hit. But Vladimir never reaped the popularity. He was consumed by cancer of pancreas a month before it was released. Like most of his composition he attributed this composition to Italian great de Milano. The composition again garnered popularity after the rock band Aquarium released it in 1987. It was only in 2000 when the world came to know about Vladimir and his compositions – “City of Gold”.
You can see the other Fictioneer’s take from the froggy link below –