I can’t quite remember how I came across this fascinating documentary but I’m very glad that I did.
The documentary looks at Ukrainian composers under the Soviet regime, many of whom had their music suppressed, some where dispatched to the Gulag, while others were murdered by the secret police, Mykola Leontovych, for example.
Composers featured in the documentary include:
- Mykola Lysenko
- Viktor Kosenko
- Valentyn Sylvestrov
- Boris Lyatoshinsky
- Levko Revutsky
- Vasyl Barvinsky
- Kyrylo Stetsenko
It’s well worth 45 minutes of your time.
For more on Ukrainian classical music see: a crash course in the history of Ukrainian classical music.
Below is A choir piece by Mykola Leontovych, written days before his murder.