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CHRISTMAS -- RIZDVO
| ARTS & CULTURE | CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS | GLOSSARY | CAROLS | RECIPES | SHOPPING & RESOURCE GUIDE |


Please read the background about Ukrainian Christmas carols
"koliady" and "shchedrivky" provided by The Ukrainian Museum. You may need to turn up the volume on your speakers for these RealAudio files.
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* * * CAROL OF THE BELLS -- SHCHEDRYK * * *
So, you've never heard anything about Ukrainians before? Don't know anything about Ukrainian culture? Well, we bet you've heard this well-known holiday tune. Carol of the Bells is an adaptation of an ancient Ukrainian folk song called a "shchedrivka". An arrangement by Mykola Leontovych (1877-1921) was popularized in the 1930's by Oleksander Koshyts (1875-1944), Ukrainian choir director who worked in the US and Canada. It has since become an American Christmas classic.

The recording we include here is a rendition by the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus (UBC). It is an instrumental piece, played on the national Ukrainian string instrument "bandura."

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  • SILENT NIGHT (Stille Nacht, Tykha Nich)
    Performed in English, German, and Ukrainian by the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus. Oleh Mahlay, Artistic Director. From the CD "A Bandura Christmas"

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  • PO VSIOMU SVITU (All Over the World)



    VINSHUVANNIA (spoken Christmas sentiment)



    The perfect "sing along" recording of popular christmas carols. Produced, recorded and distributed by Ukrainian Book Store, 10215 - 97 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5J OL5, Canada; All rights reserved From the CD "Koliaduymo Razom! (Let's Carol)"

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  • * * * CAROL OF THE BELLS -- SHCHEDRYK * * *
    Listen to the voices of Lastivka Ensemble put words to the music of the same shchedryk that you heard above.

    * * * Koly ne bulo z nashchada svita -- In the beginning * * *
    Koly ne bulo z nashchada svita (In the beginning) is a solo performed by Valentina Shaforost. The unusual style in which this song is performed, known as "primitiv", echoes the ancient melodic voices of the earliest inhabitants of Ukrainian lands. (4 min.)

    * * * V Veflejemi novyna -- The Wonder of Bethlehem * * *
    V Veflejemi novyna (The Wonder of Bethlehem) is a solo performed by Zoryana Kovbasniuk.

    From the cassette "Sing and Rejoice" (Dnes' Pojushche) by Lastivka Ensemble.


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