Broken Harp Strings: The Art Songs of Kyrylo Stetsenko and the Ukrainian Art Song Project

Melanie Turgeon

Abstract


The art song genre began in Ukraine with Mykola Lysenko. Lysenko’s student, Kyrylo Stetsenko, followed his teacher’s example and composed 42 art songs, that are marked by desolation, anguish, and repression, yet with occasional strong glimpses of hope and love. Repressive political circumstances, which Stetsenko desperately fought to change, and various life events as a composer and Orthodox priest truly resulted in the heartfelt music that he wrote. Subsequent Ukrainian composers also wrote art songs despite prohibition of the Ukrainian language in print, in performance, and in scores. Over the past decade, thanks to the diligent efforts of the Ukrainian Art Song Project, the world stage is being introduced to hundreds of forbidden art songs by Ukrainian composers. Founded in 2004 by world-renowned bass-baritone, Pavlo Hunka, the Ukrainian Art Song Project aims to record, publish, promote and perform the art songs of more than 26 eminent Ukrainian composers by 2025.

Keywords


Art Song; Kyrylo Stetsenko; Ems Ukase; Pavlo Hunka; Ukrainian Art Song Project; Mykola Lysenko; Ukrainian National Republic; Oleksandr Koshyts; Ukrainian Republican Kapelle

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18523/kmhj106719.2017-4.85-93

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