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Arkas, Mykola Mykolayovych

Virko Baley

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Mykolaïv, Dec 26, 1852/Jan 7, 1853; d Mykolaïv, 13/March 26, 1909). Ukrainian composer . He was the author of a comprehensive history of Ukraine, Istoriya UkrainïRusi (St Petersburg, 1908) and collected over 80 Ukrainian folksongs. After graduating from Odessa University he worked at the Mykolaïv Naval Office until 1899, then established a Ukrainian-language school, which was closed by authorities after only two years. He began composing the opera Kateryna, to his own libretto based on the poem by Taras Shevchenko, in the late 1880s, completing it in 1891; it was later edited and orchestrated by Hlib Taranov. The piano score was published in 1897 and two years later, on 12 February 1899, Marko Kropyvnytsky staged it in Moscow. The style of Kateryna is essentially lyrical, making much use of folksongs and dance rhythms. Although its structure and harmonic language is at times quite unsophisticated, it nevertheless derives considerable emotional power from its melodic and psychological interest....

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Subjects: Opera ; Romantic Music

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