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World Premiere

"Glory to Ukraine!", solemn fanfare for a wind band, World Premiere

Dear friends! Today is a significant and exciting day for me! Today I present to your attention my new work - Solemn fanfare "Glory to Ukraine!" for wind band!

"Glory to Ukraine!", solemn fanfare for a wind band, World Premiere
"Glory to Ukraine!", solemn fanfare for a wind band, World Premiere

Time & Location

Feb 08, 2023, 3:00 PM

World Premiere

About the event

Video premiere on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/LjVHYO_sNVU

Something about the history of the creation of this work. 

In October 2022, I was contacted by Mr. Alan Tongret, the head of TongretARTS LLC, an American, who is deeply concerned about the situation in Ukraine, after the aggressive attack on it by the terrorist state - russia. He commissioned me to write this piece in support of Ukraine and democracy around the world, on the anniversary of the start of full-scale russian hostilities against Ukraine. The main condition and request of Mr. Alan was that the world premiere of this piece and the studio audio recording be performed by the National Academic Wind Orchestra of Ukraine. We turned to the general director of the collective, Mr. Oleksandr Pirozhenko, and he gladly supported this idea! And here is the result of our painstaking work before you! The musicians of the orchestra performed a real feat to make this recording possible in very difficult conditions. On the day of rehearsal and recording, they were hindered by rocket attacks on Kyiv, air raids and lack of light. But everyone came to the recording! 

I am infinitely grateful to all the participants in the process - Mr. Alan Tongret, the general director of the orchestra - Mr. Oleksandr Pirozhenko, a brilliant professional, conductor Oleksiy Bazhenov, the artists of the orchestra, a brilliant sound engineer and my old friend Andrii Mokrytskyi, who always made all my studio recordings at the highest level, and, also, a special huge thanks to my former student and my close friend Dmytro Danov, for the highly professional and masterful work with the samples! 

I was inspired to create these solemn fanfare by a video of the prayer of soldiers of the "Azov" battalion before battle. It is what opens my presentation video. The text of the prayer was written in 1919 by Osyp Mashchak, a Ukrainian nationalist and fighter for the independence of Ukraine, written in blood on the wall of the prison cell in which he was imprisoned. 

I put all my deep desire for our Victory over the Russian invader, murderer and occupier into this music. I hope that this work will go around the world as a sign of the world community's support for our Victory in this struggle! 

The work is based on two musical themes that are familiar and dear to the heart of every Ukrainian - these are the themes from the National Anthem of Ukraine and from the song "Oy u luzi chervona kalyna".

We will win, and mordor will disappear from the face of the earth forever!

Glory to Ukraine and its Heroes!

Performed by: National Academic Wind Orchestra of Ukraine. 

The general director - Oleksandr Pirozhenko. 

Conductor - Oleksiy Bazhenov. 

Sound engineer of the studio recording - Andrii Mokrytskyi. 

Sampling - Dmytro Danov. 

Video of the prayer of the soldiers of the Azov regiment - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRKvC...

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