Wasyl Sydorenko -- Ukrainian Musicologist & Composer Wasyl Sydorenko -- Ukrainian Musicologist & Composer
All music is copyrighted by Wasyl Sydorenko. All scores published here by Hypertext Plus are freely distributed. Lyrics and images are public domain except where noted. Commercial reprinting is not allowed unless permission is obtained from all creators – where applicable. Songs may be transposed as needed. Otherwise, any other exploitation of these scores is not allowed unless permission is obtained – where applicable. Recording rights must be obtained from the composer and lyricist – where applicable. Performing rights are managed by SOCAN.

Compositions

12 Piano Pieces for Young Virtuosi 12 Piano Pieces for Young Virtuosi – a collection of smaller works written between 1965 and 1975. Each one explores a different genre or musical form.
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Piano Sonata in E-flat Major Piano Sonata in E-flat Major – written December 1970 and dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven on the bicentenary of his birth. This is the work that launched my career as a composer. Then I had no idea what I was doing. Sonatas are so formal and complicated. Now I am able to recreate the sonata as it should have been written.
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Ukrainian Rhapsody Ukrainian Rhapsody – was inspired by one of Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies. I had not as yet heard of any rhapsodies by Ukrainian composers, so in 1971 I felt I had to make my own contribution to the genre. Years later, when I discovered the two Ukrainian Rhapsodies by Mykola Lysenko, I was disappointed – they are so dilettantish!
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Poema Poema – written in a moment of grief June 1973 upon the loss to cancer of my piano teacher, Antonina Yaroshevych-Manko. She died in April… there were so many flowers at her funeral! Years later I realize that her Soviet style of teaching did more harm than good. She had been a student of Dmitry Kabalevsky at the Moscow Conservatory.
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Graduation Waltz Graduation Waltz – my last hurrah at Humbercrest Public School. June 1973 – Jim Croce, Roberta Flack, Elton John, Anne Murray, Stevie Wonder… I was in a different world, a classical world filled with Strauss waltzes. Now, wasn't there a Strauss waltz in the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick's 1968 epic sci-fi movie 2001: A Space Odyssey?
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Red Carpet March Red Carpet March – written following Queen Elizabeth's visit to Cobourg, Ontario in June 1973. A piece of red carpet from the ceremonies at Victoria Hall was installed inside historic Barnum House in Grafton, Ontario. The festive event September 9, 1973 included this march, which I performed on an 1820s Clementi, Collard & Collard pianoforte.
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Marcia Funèbre Marcia Funèbre – started out as the first movement of an unfinished piano sonata from 1971. I tried rewritng it as the Red Carpet March, but abandoned the idea when the music turned out sombre, not festive. Upon seeing Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto, I was inspired to complete the piece as a funeral march in October 1973.
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Shche ne vdaryv moroz… Ще не вдарив мороз… – (Before the first frost…) was my second Ukrainian art song.
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Teper! Тепер! – (Now!) was my third Ukrainian art song. Written in November 1973 as a competition piece for the Ukrainian Music Festival in Toronto, it received first prize. The work was premiered October 2012 by Antonina Ermolenko, accompanied by Olya Bileychuk. The art song is dedicated to all defenders of Ukraine. Glory to heroes! Героям слава!
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Four Canadian Songs Four Canadian Songs – is a song cycle based on the poetry of William Wilfred Campbell. It began with Indian Summer, my first English art song written in August 1971.
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