BRAMA, June 12, 2009, 9:00 AM ET|
Stetsenko Music Scores Now Available on the Internet
For the first time in the history of Ukrainian classical music, the art song scores of Ukrainian composer Kyrylo Stetsenko are now available on the World Wide Web and accessible to the public free of charge.
The publication of these music scores launches the second branch of the Ukrainian Art Song Project (UASP) making the printed music available via its website, www.uasp.ca, to singers, voice instructors, choirs and music lovers around the world.
The UASP, under the artistic direction of world renown opera star Pavlo Hunka, is a major non-profit music venture, which aims to create a comprehensive anthology of close to 1000 Ukrainian art songs of 24 of Ukraine's most eminent composers in the form of CD recordings, with a translation of all songs into English, French and German. It is also the mandate of the UASP to have this music performed worldwide, thus all scores are to be published on its website and in the public domain, meaning that they are not copyrighted and can be duplicated, distributed, and performed.
The features of the website make it possible for musicians of varying abilities, as well as Ukrainians and non-Ukrainians to successfully perform it. All music can be downloaded for free. It can be transposed into any key, and the text is printed in Ukrainian (in Cyrillic characters) and transliterated into English (in Latin characters). For those familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet, an IPA guide will soon be available on the website.
To access the scores, go to www.uasp.ca and click SCORES in the left navigation or click the right announcement about the Stetsenko's scores. All scores may be searched in English or Ukrainian for specific key words in the song title, the composer's name or the lyricist's name.
You can select what vocal range of the score you want to download (soprano, alto, tenor or bass). Then, you can select what file type to download. To access the scores to their fullest extent you will need the Sibelius Scorch plug-in for your browser. The UASP website provides information about access to Sibelius (or SIB).
The first public demonstration of this aspect of the UASP website took place in Edmonton, Alberta earlier this year at a fundraising event for the CD recording of the Art Songs of Yakiv Stepovyi. The launch of the Mykola Lysenko scores on the UASP website is planned in Toronto, Ontario to coincide with the launch of the six- CD set of the Art Songs of Mykola Lysenko at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, April 11, 2010. The two-CD set of the Art Songs of Kyrylo Stetsenko was released in the Fall 2006.
For further details about the UASP and the scores, please access www.uasp.ca.
N.B. This information about the scores was adapted from Dr. Melanie Turgeon's presentation about the scores at the Timm Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta on April 26, 2009. Dr. Turgeon is an Assistant Professor of Music and Choral Conductor at King's University College, Edmonton, Alberta.
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