Friday, October 10, 2008

Gently Internationalizing Composers 70th Anniversary Celebrations Calendar: Nations Capital To Host "Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors" Myroslav Skoryk


The second concert of the Washington Group Cultural Fund Sunday Music Series presents a recital in honor of the 70th anniversary of noted Ukrainian composer, Myroslav Skoryk. Although contemporary in its vocabulary and means of expression, his music often draws from the rich well of Ukrainian folklore. A tribute to Maestro Skoryk, the recital features Volodymyr Vynnytsky (piano), Natalia Khoma (cello), Yuri Kharenko (violin) Alexander Abaev (violin), Boris Deviatov (Viola), and includes the composer playing three jazz pieces for piano for four hands. A reception to meet the artists will immediately follow the performance.

Sunday, November 9
3:00 PM

The Lyceum
201 South Washington Street
Alexandria, Virgina [King Street Metro Station]

Suggested donation $20, students free.

Please call 301-229-2615


Skoryk graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1964 and took a teaching job at the Lviv Conservatory where he remained until 1966. Shortly after, he accepted a position at the Kyiv Conservatory where he said, "Along with teaching composition classes, I also lectured theory classes that focused on contemporary harmony techniques."

The subject of Skoryk’s dissertation, which he completed in 1964, concentrated on Prokofiev’s music, its title reads "Osoblyvosti ladu muzyky S. Prokofieva" (The Modal System of Prokofiev). Skoryk also authored a book, "Struktura i vyrazhalna pryroda akordyky v muzitsi XX stolittia" (The Structural Aspects of Chords in 20th Century Music) (Kyiv, 1983 Musical Ukraine Publishing House); as well as numerous articles.

In 1996 he lived for a time with his family in Australia.


Skoryk's Ukainian language opera Moses.

World premiere of Moses, Lviv Opera House, 2001.

Photo credit: (c) 2007. With thanks.


Blogger JW said...

I heard Skoryk's Violin Concerto in Kyiv about a year ago. Interesting music that certainly deserves exposure over hear. However, I wouldn't call it lovable.

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Blogger Garth Trinkl said...

Thanks, John. As a violinist I'd still be interested in hearing the concerto. (Tonight I hope to find time to listen to Gubaidulina's new concerto, which at least one review from a Berlin critic found quite rewarding.)

I heard Skoryk's Carpathian Suite years back at the Kennedy Center when Earle Hobart toured with the Odesa Philharmonic.

(I heard a fine solo violin piece by Michael Henderson played by Jennifer Choi yesterday).

5:10 AM  

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