[Don't be morose]
Songs of Sichovi Stril'ci (1991)
- Oj u luzi chervona kalyna
- Ide sichove vijs'ko
- Oj, z-za hory chorna hmara
- Oj, vpav strilec'
- Pytajet'sja viter v smerti
- Chorna rillja izorana
- Bo vijna vijnoju
- Pyjmo, druzi [Let's drink friends]
- Zelenyj dubochku [Green oak]
- Nakryla nichka
- Oj, zacvila cheremha
- Zakvitchaly divchaton'ka
- Zazhurylys' halychanky
- Ne smije buty v nas strahu
- Koly my vmyraly
- O, Ukraino
- Povijav viter stepovyj
- Strilec'ki mohyly
- Sche ne vmerla Ukrayina [Ukrainian anthem]
All sound samples are in Real Audio 3.0 format.
The songs of Sichovi stril'ci [Volunteer armed forces from Western Ukraine,
which went to protect fragile independence of Ukraine in 1918 and perished
in the fight for the cause] is collection of songs composed by Levko Lepky,
Roman Kupchyns'kyj, Oles' Babij, Vasyl' Babyns'kyj, Mykola Holubec', Myhajlo
Hajvoron's'kyj. The songs reflect life in the camp of the warriors. Some
of them are marches, some ballads as used to be sung by Ukrainian bards
(kobzars), some are humorous.
Performance by L'viv based group Ne Zhyrys' provides beautiful vocal
presentation of the songs. Vocal group of Ne Zhurys': Lesja Bonkovs'ka,
Bohdan Henhalo, Vasyl' Zhdankin, Oleh Lyhach, Roman Mykytjuk, Viktor
Morozov, Orest Homa. The group gave three concerts in Kyiv Polytechnic
Institute in 1991: humorous Ukrainian songs, songs of Sichovi Stril'ci and
another one. The concerts were extremely successful.
The excerpts from four songs can be downloaded from this page.
- Oj, u luzi chervona kalyna - march, anthem of Sichovi Stril'ci.
The song was prohibited under communist rule (one could easily go to
prison for listening to it).
- Pyjmo, druzi [Let's drink, friends] - waltz. Insightfully states
that faithful are only music and wine (forget about women).
- Zelenyj dubochku [Green oak] - romance, acoustic guitar.
To feel beauty of Ukrainian folk song, click here. The song is so
good even communists didn't prohibit it (they changed some words though).
- Shche ne vmerla Ukrayina - Ukrainian anthem. If you have
Encarta, 95, Compton, 95 or Groilier, 95, never listen to Ukrainian
anthem from them, instead feel the way it should be performed
by clicking here.
If you like these songs try also some folk songs by Kvitka Cysik.