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Study project of the Ukrainian baroque heritage

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Partes concerts by Mykola Dyletsky

Concert "Citizen of Kyiv" at the Saint Sophia Cathedral in 2019

The musical written history of Ukraine is not obvious, as it is a history, which is in the process of analysis today, here and now. The clear thing is the lack of a holistic understanding of the different processes, necessary for the formation of an in-depth picture of what our music was like in different historical periods. 


The project Musica sacra Ukraina: partes dimension aims to conduct a comprehensive study of one of the most substantial, distinctive, important, and little-known elements of Ukrainian musical history – polyphonic (partes) Ukrainian singing of the XVII century. This era marked radical changes in the domain of music: the monophonic singing traditional for church practice was replaced by polyphony. This allowed the emergence of the distinctive Ukrainian partes, which consists of thousands of pieces by predominantly unknown authors. The fusion of Western tendencies and local tradition created a wonderful synthesis, which allows us to speak of the phenomenon of Ukrainian baroque. 


Despite this, though partes was already being discovered in the ХІХ century, it remains known only within the professional music sphere. It still hasn't received such recognition as the Ukrainian baroque heritage in painting, architecture, literature, and philosophy. Reflecting on the reasons for this, discovering existing research groups and inspiring new ones, performing the repertoire on a modern level of understanding of this musical tradition, and finally introducing the wide public to this part of history – these are the long-term goals of the project, launched by Open Opera Ukraine. 


The project involves scientists (both Ukrainian and foreign), performing musicians, cultural trendsetters, musical journalists, and other members of the humanitarian sphere cooperating for several years with the long-term goal of presenting this aspect of musical history in a broad sociopolitical and cultural context. 

𝗨𝗸𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗾𝘂𝗲: 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗶 𝗔𝗻𝗶𝗺𝗼𝘀

Open Opera Ukraine presents the new release «Ukrainian Baroque: Concordacii Animos» within the project «Dyletsky: Must Hear» supported by the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation. The album includes partes pieces by Mykola Dyletsky and anonymous authors.

Release is available online via:

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Project Team

Ensemble Partes:

Iryna Synovets, soprano

Olena Sarakhman, soprano

Hanna Pavlushenko, soprano

Olesya Liuba, soprano

Hanna Hadetska, alto

Olena Tsygankova, alto

Roman Melish, alto

Myroslav Dubynetskyi, alto/tenor

Serhiy Bida, tenor

Vasyl Huliak, tenor

Maksym Lishchuk, tenor

Nazar Tarasenko, tenor

Volodymyr Serediuk, baritone

Vadym Danshyn, basso

Kostiantyn Lenchyk, basso

Ivan Yarema, basso

Artistic Director and Conductor — Nataliia Khmilevska (Danshyna)
Curator — Hanna Hadetska
Sound Designer — Oleksiy Hrytsyshyn

Scientific Consultant — Nataliia Kliuchynska

Reconstruction of the partiture of the Resurrection Canon (new version) – Olha Shumilina

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