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More beautiful, melancholy music!
"Dreams" by Viktor Kosenko (1896-1938), performed by Hotvianska Dara.
Another very dramatic piece by Kosenko, "Violin Concerto in A minor, op. 6", performed by Lidiya Futorska and the Ternopil Philharmonic Orchestra (Myroslav Krill).
From Carl Fischer Music - "Suite for Strings" (CAS139) by Viktor Kosenko arr. Robert Debbaut.
Taken from his "Four Children’s Pieces" for Piano, this arrangement for String Orchestra features four delightful movements: I. Scherzino, II. Melody, III. Olden Dance, and IV. March. Each contrasting theme can be performed alone or as a full performance of all four movements.
I'm really liking these compositions - they are dramatic & full of life, but a little on the melancholy side, like an urgent compulsion to tell a story.
"Melodia on Ukrainian Theme", by Borys Lyatoshynsky (1895-1968) - performed by Katja Dirven-Didychenko on CELLO.
Here's a haunting piece by Lyatoshynsky (so of course I love it), "String Quartet No. 4 in D minor, Op. 43" (1943), performed by Orchestra Perpetuum Mobile (Bartje Bartmans).
1. Lento (0:00)
2. Allegretto semplice (6:09)
3. Allegro ben ritmico (8:27)
4. Andante sostenuto (13:12)
5. Allegro scherzando (17:35)
University of Connecticut (UConn Today) article about this wonderful CD release, "Ukraine: Journey to Freedom". Beautiful Classical music performed by Ukrainian-born music professor & Violinist, Solomiya Ivakhiv.
Journey to Freedom: Celebrating Ukrainian Composers
Each of the composers featured on the album, which is largely comprised of previously unrecorded pieces spanning the period 1919-2014, faced many obstacles in order to maintain their personal, artistic voices during times of harsh communist oppression. Forced to compose music that glorified the Soviet government above all, the artists chronicled in Ivakhiv’s recording were denied the freedom to openly express their creative identities, and clashed with government officials as a result.
One such composer, Borys Lyatoshynsky, paid a considerable price for deciding to follow his own artistic vision rather than adhere to government restrictions imposed on composers. Despite being the first Ukrainian composer to write large symphonic works, Lyatoshynsky was excluded from the Composers’ Union of the USSR and blacklisted from all concerts and radio programs in 1948. He wrote that he was “dead as a composer” for using his own characteristic musical language.
Amazon says the CD is currently unavailable, but there's the MP3 & streaming, I think - haven't searched anywhere else.
I really LOVE this piece by Myroslav Skoryk, "Carpathian Rhapsody" - performed by Dmytro Udovychenko! (Artem Lonhinov)
Excerpt from "Ukrainian Folklore Influences in the Music of
Myroslav Skoryk: Historical Background and
Performance Guide to Selected Violin Works" by Iuliia Alyeksyeyeva:
Carpathian Rhapsody for violin and piano differs from Dibrova Zelena in that it is an
original composition, not an arrangement of an existing tune. However, the piece stands out as a clear representation of folk-inspired music. Compositional techniques similar to the Dibrova Zelena arrangement are used here: creation of augmented seconds (in this particular piece, the 3rdof the scale is lowered and the 4th of the scale is raised), modal mixtures, and elements of pentatonicism. In addition, the composer explores an improvisatory aspect of violin playing by referencing to the music of Hungary, with the note “in the style of Franz Liszt”. He also uses imitative elements of traditional musical instruments such as the zhaleika, a woodwind instrument that is usually tuned in the Mixolydian mode. An example of this can be found in the running passagework of the piano part, accompanied by a short melodic answers in the solo violin. Elements of traditional dance music with emphasis on the weak beats are also used to create specific musical effects pertinent to the traditional music of the country.
...more of my lofty aspirations. 🙄