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Vasyl Barvinsky (Ukraine, 1888-1963)

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« on: January 12, 2022, 01:47:19 am »

This song cycle "Return to Ukraine" for soprano and orchestra, resurrected and premiered in 2020, has halted me in my tracks. It is so haunting, ethereal and sad.

Barvinsky lived 1888-1963, so I don't know when he wrote these songs, or even if he wrote them as one piece or they stretch over years.

Moreover, this edition is in an orchestration by a contemporary Ukrainian composer Bohdana Frolyak (born 1968), although she keeps it "on style". I think the title "Return to Ukraine" is hers rather than Barvinsky's.

I understand that Barvinsky is one of the composers that the musical establishment in Ukraine is particularly focusing on in Ukraine as he was "repressed". This sense of sadness is felt throughout the whole cycle, but beautifully so.

The songs (including the names of the poets who wrote the words) are (using google translate from Ukrainian):
I. Franco - To the Moon Prince
B. Lepkiy - In the evening in the house
B. Lepkiy - In the woods
I. Franco - Sonnet
elaboration of P. Kulish's Psalm of David
O. Konisky - Oh fields, you fields
words of Serbian folk song in the chant of J. Golovatsky - Oh sad, sad dark nothing
Heinrich Heine, translated from the German by A. Krimsky - I had a favorite homeland
B. Lepky - Be happy
G. Chuprynka - Kolysanka
T. Shevchenko - Oh luli, luli, my baby
chant by V. Maslov-Stokiz - Song of songs

Another piece by Barvinsky also resurrected and premiered in 2020 in an orchestration by Bohdana Frolyak, is Ukrainian Wedding -
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2022, 03:27:01 pm »

thank you for the posting!
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