Yevhen Stankovych – recent releases

X077583 Stankovych Rasputin scRasputin: Suite from the Ballet

Prior to 1991 Ukranian master composer Yevhen Stankovych’s works were regularly censored or banned by Soviet authorities.  The ballet “The Agony:  Rasputin” (originally titled “Prometheus”) was one such work. This suite from the ballet highlights Stankovych’s uniquenely pronounced affinity with the vernacular, blending folk motifs with orchestral colors in multilayered polyphony. “Rasputin” was first performed with its original music and libretto in 1989 in Skopje, Macedonia. Score HL00141935   Parts on rental.

Dictum 2: Chamber Symphony No. 10

Yevhen Stankovych is pioneer in the rebirth of the neo-romantic style in the second half of the 20th century At the beginning of the 1980’s he developed his own musical system, which he calls “polyphony of layers”:  Dictum for piano and strings is among the works written in this manner, composed shortly following the Chornobyl disaster is regarded as the only composition which adequately expresses the tragedy. Score HL00141937   Parts on rental.

Violin Concerto No. 2

Violin Cadenzas by Dima Tkachenko. Score HL00141934   Parts on rental.

Symphony No. 6

Stankovych’s sixth symphony casts a dramatic arc across its unconventional, continuous two-movement structure. Competing themes emerge in the brooding first movement, the tension between them eventually leading to a powerful emotional climax midway into the piece. The second movement, now stealing in on sustained violins, assumes a more meloncholy character as the themes introduced previously become intertwined, and ultimately dissolve into a murmuring, hopeful conclusion. Score HL00141936   Parts on rental.

Mirages for Flute, Clarinet, Percussion and Piano Trio

The full tonal palette of a six player ensemble containing winds, strings, percussion and piano is masterfully deployed by Stankovych, evoking shimmering images that are at times subtle and surprising at others. Duration ca. 11′. Score HL00141933   Complete set HL00141938

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Yevhen Stankovych release preview

Stankovych 1We’re pleased to announce that following this past spring’s publication of Angel’s Touch for violin and piano, we will be releasing more published works of Ukrainian master Yevhen Stankovych’s over the course of the next several months, including: Violin Concerto No. 2, Rasputin Ballet Suite, Mirages, and his Sixth Symphony. Write to Lauren Keiser Music Publishing for more information.

Violin New Releases – Spring 2014


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J.S. Bach – Toccata and Fugue in d minor

Transcribed for solo violin by Stuart Carlson

Available through Hal Leonard HL00124287, $11.95

Stuart Carlson writes: “While studying Bach’s ‘Toccata and Fugue’ for organ, I was intrigued by the fact that many of the chords and motifs within it can be transitioned for performance on the violin. I later discovered that there is historical speculation that Bach may have composed this piece for solo violin.

Inspired by this, I used the urtext of the piece to create this arrangement. It is in the piece’s original key, and it is designed to transcribe the full and grand sound of the organ to the solo violin. This arrangement intentionally creates the true sound of Bach’s piece, while adding variation-like figures within the Fugue’s main theme – which is repeated throughout. These figures include sixteenth-note triplets, thirty-second notes, and additional double-stops. It was important to me to remain true to my sense of what Bach may have intended for this piece if played on a violin, while allowing my own musical and stylistic preferences to blend into this arrangement. I’d like to thank Lauren Keiser, Paul Schoenfeld, and Stephen Shipps for their help and support.”

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Hal Leonard # HL00127941, $12.95

Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv presented the world premiere of Angel’s Touch in December, 2013. She says of the work; “Angel’s Touch embodies a child-like mysticism, exploring naivety, hope, and inner peace leading to enlightenment. Deliciously dark motifs are triumphed by happiness in the end. It is quite reflective of the composer’s own childhood in post-war and Soviet-occupied Ukraine. It is sprinkled with Ukrainian folklore elements from the Carpathian Mountains, also reminding me of my own childhood. As I premiered this work in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, I was overcome with the gravitas attached to this formidable piece of art. It will live on as a testament to human achievement.”

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Hal Leonard # HL00042670, $37.95

 Netsuke are Japanese miniature carvings that were originally made to secure objects suspended from a man’s sash. This piece for violin and piano was inspired by six exquisite carvings from the Bushell Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Composer Yevhen Stankovych joins Lauren Keiser Music Publishing

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Lauren Keiser Music Publishing is excited to have the prolific composer Yevhen Stankovych join their roster. Yevhen Stankovych is one of the key figures in the contemporary musical culture of Eastern Europe. Since 1966, he has written 6 great symphonies, 10 chamber symphonies, a folk-opera (”When the Fern Blooms”), a chamber opera (”Opera Rustica”), 6 ballets, a large number of oratorical, chamber-vocal and instrumental pieces, as well as the music for 6 dramatic performances and over 100 movies.

The composer was born on September 19, 1942 in the city of Svalyava in the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine. Like his Ukrainian born predecessors, Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev, from his very first compositions, Stankovych established himself a composer of great dramatic talent. His refined technique, detailed polyphonic texture and universal lyricism evoke the style of the Baroque Period, while the full-blooded post Romantic orchestration adds warmth and expression to his music. Stankovych’s creative works are extraordinary in their portrayal of emotional freedom, mastery of the subject matter, and in the versatility of form.

Yevhen Stankovych has been awarded many honorary titles and awards, including “Hero of Ukraine”, the highest state award, as well as the highest awarded decoration for artistic activity – The Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian National Prize. In 1985, the organization UNESCO ranked his Third Chamber Symphony among the top ten compositions in the world.

Stankovych’s compositions have been repeatedly performed in concert halls in Canada, the United States, Germany, France, England, the countries of former Yugoslavia, China, the Philippines, and in Eastern European countries. His compositions have been recorded in many countries by companies such as “Melodiya”, “Analekta”, “AAV” and “Naxos”.

Prior to 1991 Yevhen Stankobych’s works were regularly censored or banned by Soviet authorities. The folk opera “When the Fern Blooms” was banned for its use of traditional Ukrainian folk melodies and their interpretation in a contemporary genre. The score, sets and costumes were destroyed by Soviet authorities. Excerpts from the work were first performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1988. The ballet “Ol’ha” was repeatedly censored and was not performed in its original until after 1991. The ballet “The Agony: Rasputin” (originally titled “Prometheus”) was also severely censored; the work was first performed with its original music and libretto in 1989 in Skopje, Macedonia. The “Rasputin Suite” is now among his most performed orchestral works.

For more information about Mr. Stankovych, you can view his official website. For perusal materials or performance inquiries, write to Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.

Solomiya Ivakhiv performs world premiere of Stankovych’s Angel’s Touch at Carnegie Hall

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In the upcoming 2013-2014 concert season, Solomiya Ivakhiv will perform in New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall presented by the Ukrainian Institute of America, Music at the Institute (MATI), celebrating their 25th anniversary concert series, of which she has been artistic director for the past three seasons. She will debut Angel’s Touch by Yevhen Stankovych, a newly commissioned work composed especially for her. Playing alongside Ms. Ivakhiv that evening will be Violist Roberto Diaz, president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music in a performance of the Brahms Piano Quartet.

Beginning with his first compositions, Stankovych declared himself a composer of dramatic temperament, not adverse to emotional risk. The composer’s elaborate polyphonic textures and meditative lyricism are reminiscent of the strict instrumental style of Baroque music, while the full-bodied affects with an obvious post-romantic colouring give the music warmth and expressiveness. His music is remarkable in many respects, showing his emotional freedom, consummate technical mastery and flexibility of form.

In speaking about Angel’s Touch, Mr. Stankovych claims, “The name of the work alone reveals its very intimate nature, its inner sense of light and warmth, as if something unearthly flashed through one’s consciousness, leaving an indelible imprint.” Ms. Ivakhiv describes this work as, “Child-like mysticism: exploring naivety, hope, and inner peace that lead to enlightenment.”

For perusal materials or performance inquiries, write to Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.