Ukrainian rhapsody. Muses Are Not Silent

Lyudkevych Concert Hall

Friday 15.04.2022 / 18:00





During each composition of the program, you will have an opportunity to get acquainted with Ukraine and its people closer. The concert will open up the music manifestation of our cultural diversity to the world because every piece to be performed is made of valuable and important connotations. Each piece displays what we have been living for many centuries!

The main theme of “Passacaglia” from the series “11 Etudes in the Form of Old Dances” by Viktor Kosenko, a Ukrainian composer of the early 20th century, at first sounds quite moderate and a bit gloomy. But in the process, the piece demonstrates great sensuality, incredible dynamism and love of freedom – essential features of the Ukrainian temper!

Another side of it is shown by Rhapsody No. 2, named “Dumka-Shumka” which was written by Ukrainian Romantic composer Mykola Lysenko. In this work, the composer excellently continued the traditions of European piano music of the XIX century (originally the work was also written for piano solo), including the famous Hungarian Rhapsodies by Franz Liszt. In Rhapsody No. 2, which is often called “Ukrainian”, Lysenko shows great respect for our historical past, for the heroic times of the Cossacks – an important era of Ukrainian history. It’s displayed in the bright musical image of the Ukrainian musician, a kobzar, as well as in the melodies of Ukrainian folk songs, dumas, and in the rapid and awe-inspiring song and dance “shumka”.

The last piece of the program will be Levko Revutskyi’s Second Symphony. Each musical theme of three parts is based on the melodies of Ukrainian folk songs. We will hear joy, sorrow and pain, sincerity, heroism and absolute love for Ukraine! The composition will be performed in its first edition (1927).


  • Victor Kosenko. “Passacaglia” from the cycle “11 Etudes in the Form of Old Dances” (arranged by L. Bylchynsky)
  • Mykola Lysenko. Rhapsody №2 “Dumka-Shumka” for violin and orchestra
  • Levko Revutskyi. Symphony No. 2 in E major (1927 edition)


  • Lіdia Futorska, violin
  • Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine
  • Volodymyr Sirenko, conductor


Live broadcast provided by:
Andrij Zelenyj, camera
Mykola Khshanovskyi, live broadcast director
Marian Lesiuk, sound director
Bohdan Sehin, producer