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MY HEART CRIES FOR UKRAINE - "Moment of Despair" by Mykola Lysenko


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I found this piece very moving and beautiful, and would like to learn it, but I cannot find a published transcription for violin and piano. Anybody have one they could share or know where to buy it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS8XKHVxS9w

Op. 40, No. 1: "A Moment of Despair" by Mykola Lysenko

Mykola Lysenko (1842-1912) is considered the father of Ukrainian classical music:

"A Moment of Despair (1901) for violin or cello with piano accompaniment is an arrangement of the first movement in Lysenkos Personal Album, Op. 40, for piano, transcribed by the composer. As with the Romance, this work is a short Romantic character-piece, its melancholic mood reflected through its minor mode. The downward turn of the melody at the end of each phrase evokes the feeling of despair that Lysenko so often expressed."

More on Mykola Lysenko here: 

https://fdocuments.in/document/mykola-lysenko-violin-music-3-soviet-russia-replaced-the-julian-calendar-with.html

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Just now, Andrew Victor said:

Can you work it out from this?:

Probably, but since Lysenko did write a piano-violin arrangement, I was hoping to find a published version of that, as much for the piano part as the violin part.

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BTW...I took your transcription to my lesson today...for something new to explore.

First...there's a typo in the name - Lysenko (not Lynsenko) and of more musical interest; I was wondering about your choice of fingerings.  Why did you choose them?

Sincerely;

Always Learning on the Prairies

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57 minutes ago, Rue said:

First...there's a typo in the name - Lysenko (not Lynsenko) and of more musical interest; I was wondering about your choice of fingerings.  Why did you choose them?

Hi Rue, 

I am very happy that you like this piece. I just love it. It is richly expressive.

Thanks for pointing out my typo on the name. I edited the name and also added my current fingering in the post above.

The reason I choose the fingering is because I think the first part sounds best when played mostly on the G-string and the second part sounds best of the A and D strings. I think the timbre of the piece sounds better when played like that, and I also think it is a somewhat romantic piece and slides when shifting are really nice in places. I have continued to evolve my fingering (see above) to shorten shifts.

 

 

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