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Ukraine: Traditional Music CD

Ukraine: Traditional Music CD

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Modern-day Ukraine is the largest country entirely within Europe, bordering Russia to the east, Moldova and Romania to the southwest, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west, Belarus to the north, and the Black Sea to the south. Its varied terrain and interaction with neighbors have defined the specific regional characteristics of Ukraine’s folklore.

Traditional Ukrainian music fits into one of two broad categories: ritual and non-ritual. Ritual folk songs are generally older and include incantations, lamentations, calendar songs, and wedding songs. Non-ritual songs include dumy, or historical and political songs, and lyric songs of love, family life, and lullabies. This collection of 34 folk songs was recorded prior to the breakup of the Soviet Union and the subsequent independence of Ukraine in 1991.

This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track listing:

1. Overture: Trembitas with folk orchestra - 0:55
2. In the mountain the peacocks parade - 1:30
3. Vesnianka: Spring song - 0:41
4. Vesnianka: Spring song - 1:16
5. Vesnianka: Oh, on the mountain - 0:58
6. Vesnianka: The herdsman - 1:41
7. Medley of Carpathian melodies: Vinotchok - 1:06
8. We are going to decorate a shrub - 1:25
9. On the river near the willow tree - 1:56
10. Today is the festival of St. Peter - 1:24
11. The reapers - 1:43
12. The sunset - 1:18
13. The sheperd departs - 6:34
14. For a garland - 1:26
15. Why do you weep, why do you lament? - 2:19
16. Wedding melodies for drymba M. Netchai 1:39
17. Duma about Marussia of Bohuslav F. Jarko 6:55
18. Lullaby: Oh, Liulonki - 1:49
19. Ritornello for the telenka - 2:32
20. The willow tree with many leaves - 1:29
21. I am going to the mountain - 1:57
22. The mountain behind the mountain - 1:46
23. The rogues - 1:12
24. Good evening, little mother - 1:43
25. Oh owl, do not announce any more misfortunes - 3:37
26. Mama the dawn - 1:34
27. The seducer - 0:51
28. Oh, thou with the curly locks, do not leave me - 1:37
29. On the wide Danube - 1:21
30. Hutsulka - 4:23
31. The red mountain ash - 2:00
32. Hopak - 1:00
33. Chumak song - 3:01
34. Arcan: The lasso - 3:05


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