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Kyrylo Stetsenko was born in central Ukraine. His father was a painter of icons and his maternal uncle was an Orthodox priest. At age 10, Kyrylo was taken by his uncle to Kyiv to study art. There, he enrolled at Saint Sophia's Church School and later at the Seminary. In school Kyrylo studied the masters of Ukrainian church music Dmytro Bortniansky, Maksym Berezovsky, Artem Vedel, and others. He also met Mykola Lysenko, the most important Ukrainian composer of the time, and participated in several ethnomusicological expeditions. Completing his studies in 1903, Stetsenko chose not to become a priest. Instead, he began working as a music teacher, music critic, church conductor and composer.
Stetsenko has to his credit 42 art songs, over 100 sacred and secular choral pieces, including two liturgies and a requiem, and music to a dozen stage works. Political events constantly affected the composer's life. When the Russian Revolution of 1905 fanned the flames of independence in Ukraine, Stetsenko published the Ukrainian national anthem and other patriotic songs. Although the authorities could not prove his complicity, he was nevertheless exiled from Kyiv in 1907. By 1909 he managed to return to the city but political and economic pressures forced him to leave one year later. In 1911, urged by his uncle, Stetsenko decided to become an Orthodox priest. Financial security, however, came at a price. The composer was required to serve in an obscure village in south-western Ukraine, far from the cultural life of Kyiv. There, in his self-imposed exile, Stetsenko weathered the political storm of World War I.
As soon as the Russian Revolution of 1917 began, Stetsenko immediately returned to Kyiv. When the Ukrainian National Republic was declared, Stetsenko was appointed head of the Music Section in the Ministry of Education. Two national choirs were created. One choir, led by composer Oleksander Koshyts, toured Europe and North America to promote Ukraine as an independent nation. The other, led by Stetsenko, toured at home to promote national unity. With the Bolshevik takeover of Ukraine in 1920, the Koshyts choir was stranded abroad. Meanwhile, Stetsenko's choir was disbanded by the Communists and the composer again abandoned Kyiv to work as a village priest south of the city. As political repressions were renewed against Ukrainians, famine and disease began to spread. Kyrylo Stetsenko died of typhus while tending to the sick during an outbreak of the disease in the spring of 1922.
- O, Be Not Surprised! - O, ne dyvujs'! (with vln.)
- O, Be Not Surprised! - O, ne dyvujs'!
- Does Not the Sun Awaken the Earth - Khiba ne sontse ty prekrasne
- Float, Dear Swan - Plavaj lebedon'ko
- My Heart Reawakens - Khtos' postukav v moje sertse
- My Soul Weeps - V dushi mojij sl'ozy
- Like the Evening Star - Jak zorja vechirnja
- The Setting Sun - Sontse zakhoyt'
- Testament - Zapovit
- This Song is for You - Tsja pisnja -- tobi
- Summer Nights - Litn'oji nochi
- My Soul Aches - Bolyt' dusha moja
- I Gaze at the Bright Stars - Dyvljus' ja na jasniji zori
- Golden and Precious - I zolotoji, j dorohoji
- And the Peaceful House - I tykhaja khatynochka
- To Become the Song - Khotila by ja pisneju staty
- At the Cradle - Nad kolyskoju
- Why - Chomu
- Don't Ask if I Love You - Nashcho, nashcho, tobi pytaty
- O, Poplar Tree - Oj, choho ty, topolen'ko, ne tsvitesh
- The Skies Embraced the Seas - Nebo z morem obnjalosja
- Float Ever Float Darling Swan
- Blooms And Tears
- You Still Love Him
- Someones Playing With My Heart
- Be Not Surprised a
- Be Not Surprised b
- My Soul Aches
- O Poplar Tree Where Are Your Blooms
- Then You Abandoned
- To Meet Only To Part So Soon
- I Caress Her
- On A Summer Night
- Are You Not The Beautiful Sun
- Broken Harp Strings
- Don’t Laugh
- Why Dear Girl Have You Become So Sad
- There Are Tears In My Soul
- Like An Evening Star
- Forget Me
- The Testament
- The Sun Is Setting
- No Matter How Precious Or Golden
- A Village Lies In The Valley
- I Would Like To Become A Song
- I Stood And Listened To The Spring
- I Look At The Bright Stars
- And The Quiet House
- Old King Cole
- Quietly They Sway
- Why Do You Ask
- The Sky And Sea Embrace
- The Storm Has Passed
- My Songs
- A Path Wanders
- The Willow
- The Raven Caws
- This Song Is For You
- At Night On The Burial Mound
- Over The Cradle
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