Contrasts 29. PULSE-MARATHON / Valentyn Bibik: sonatas and intermezzo

Saturday 07.10.2023 / 18:00

S.Lyudkevych Concert Hall



It is said that the best way to get to know a new city is to meet a person who really loves it.

This evening, Contrasts suggests getting to know Kharkiv through the skills of two of its artists: an unfairly forgotten composer of the last century and a pianist who explores the music of his hometown, Valentyn Bibik and Maksym Shadko.

Valentyn Bibik, a world-renowned composer, lived in Kharkiv for most of his life. He drew his music from Kharkiv, it was performed in Kharkiv, and eventually became banned in Kharkiv. 

Bibik’s contemporary Valentyn Silvestrov said, “In those years it was easy to become an avant-garde artist, it was difficult to live as one.” Bibik chose this path for himself: to create through the thorns of prohibition, to write for the future, creating a valuable layer of the Ukrainian avant-garde. His constant work on new works gave him peace of mind. Inspiration – love for his hometown – this was Bibik’s formula, which, decades later, sounds to us in the performance of Maksym Shadko.



  • Maksym Shadko, piano



Valentyn Bibik (1940-2003).

  • Six intermezzos, op.57
    • Moderato ma con moto
    • Sostenuto
    • Largo. Carezzando
    • Allegretto
    • Larghetto
    • Moderato
  • Sonata No. 5, op. 47
  • Sonata No. 7 op. 49
    • Moderato ma con moto. Rubato
    • Allegro molto

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