Wasyl Sydorenko -- Ukrainian Musicologist & Composer Wasyl Sydorenko -- Ukrainian Musicologist & Composer
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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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Inventions Inventions – started out as a Christmas project in 1978.
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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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Teper! Без хвилювань – (Emotionless) but full of emotion.
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Mavpiachyi Korol Мавпячий Король – (The Monkey King), not the classical Peking opera. This is a Ukrainian children's operetta.
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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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Red Trillium Red Trillium – written in the summer of 1971…
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To Roses of the Past To Roses of the Past – written in the summer of 1972, was the last of my early English art songs.
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Ye Little Olde Pill Shoppe Ye Little Olde Pill Shoppe – the first of my pre-university songs, was a spontaneous creation based on a poem found in the "Poet's Corner" of the Toronto Sun in February 1978.
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Boot and Saddle Boot and Saddle – the second of my pre-university songs, reflects my ongoing fascination with tragic figures in English history.
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Great Things Great Things – the third of my pre-university songs, captures the exuberance I felt on the eve of my university studies. Alas, the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto was a complete disappointment.
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Love Poem Love Poem – is a love song...
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Opus Zero Opus Zero – pays homage to the art of silence and lampoons both Modernism and Postmodernism.
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Eugenia Rag Eugenia Rag – not to be confused with Scott Joplin's Eugenia, is dedicated to my aunt Eugenia.
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Epigram Epigram – where words become art, art becomes music, and music becomes words…
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Metamorfoza Metamorfoza – ???
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Catalpa Blossoms Catalpa Blossoms – the dreamy ragtime I wrote for aunt Tania.
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Between the Trees Between the Trees – my first Rudyard Fearon song.
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I Love a Rainbow I Love a Rainbow – yes I do!
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400 Years Waiting 400 Years Waiting – but most timely.
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Sing Song Sing Song – will the dead sing?
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