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Ukraine: Traditional Music

Various Artists
Ukraine: Traditional Music

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.

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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

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Overture: Trembitas with folk orchestra Trembita players and folk orchestra of the Ivano Frankivske region 0:55
102
In the mountain the peacocks parade Folk ensemble of Ivanivka village in the Yarmolyntsi district of the Khmelnitski region 1:30
103
Vesnianka: Spring song Folk ensemble of Stariy Koni village in the Zaretnianski district of the Rivne region 0:41
104
Vesnianka: Spring song Folk ensemble of Vovtitsi village in the Zaretnianski district of the Rivne region, solo: Pelageia Kovtunovitch 1:16
105
Vesnianka: Oh, on the mountain Folk ensemble of Krasylivka village, Zhytomyr region 0:58
106
Vesnianka: The herdsman Folk ensemble of Stariy Koni village in the Zaretnianski district of the Rivne region 1:41
107
Medley of Carpathian melodies: Vinotchok J. Pavliuk, V. lliuk, M. Maximiuk 1:06
108
We are going to decorate a shrub Dominika Tchekun 1:25
109
On the river near the willow tree Folk ensemble of Ivanivka village in the Yarmolyntsi district of the Khmelnitski region 1:56
110
Today is the festival of St. Peter Folk ensemble of Lipniki village in the Kugini district of the Zhytomyr region 1:24
111
The reapers Folk ensemble of Kozelets village, Chernihiv region 1:43
112
The sunset Choral ensemble of Klyntsi village in the Ovruch district of the Zhytomyr region 1:18
113
The sheperd departs Orchestra of folk instruments of the Forest Industry of the Transcarpathian region 6:34
114
For a garland Folk ensemble of Vovchik village in the Kozelets district of the Chernihiv region 1:26
115
Why do you weep, why do you lament? Folk ensemble of Alexeevka village in the Starosiniaski district of the Khmelnitski region 2:19
116
Wedding melodies for drymba M. Netchai 1:39
117
Duma about Marussia of Bohuslav F. Jarko 6:55
118
Lullaby: Oh, Liulonki Dominika Tchekun and Nadejhda Tchekun 1:49
119
Ritornello for the telenka Folk ensemble of Teresva village in the Rakhiv district of the Transcarpathian region, solo: Anton Huzak 2:32
120
The willow tree with many leaves Folk ensemble of Polessa village in the Sosnitsa district of the Chernihiv region 1:29
121
I am going to the mountain Ivankivtsi village in the Starosiniavski district of the Khmelnitski region, solo: Ivan Kovalchuk 1:57
122
The mountain behind the mountain Choral ensemble of Kovalikha village in the Smila district of the Cherkassy region 1:46
123
The rogues Instrumental ensemble of Zherdino village in the Chemerdytsi district of the Khmelnitski region 1:12
124
Good evening, little mother Ivan village in the Mour Kourilivski district of the Vinnitsia region, solo: Anna Movtchan 1:43
125
Oh owl, do not announce any more misfortunes Vasil Nechepa 3:37
126
Mama the dawn Folk ensemble of Bonuslavka village in the Kharkiv district 1:34
127
The seducer Vladimir Trachuk, Victor Panchuk, Vladimir Zherebets, Valentina Tarassova 0:51
128
Oh, thou with the curly locks, do not leave me Uliana Kot 1:37
129
On the wide Danube Folk ensemble of Ostriv village in the Boug district of the Lyiy region 1:21
130
Hutsulka Roman, Ivan and Vasily Vatamaniuk 4:23
131
The red mountain ash Rosa Zhuk, Liudmilla Chijhuk, Maria Dorodko 2:00
132
Hopak A. Kozitski, M. Bugrim, I. Chikhar, G. Pekar 1:00
133
Chumak song Folk ensemble from Kybytsi village of the Myrhorod district of the Poltava region 3:01
134
Arcan: The lasso Folk ensemble of song and dance "Vesselka" of the House of Culture of Dolina, Ivano Frankivske region 3:05

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