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Vasyl Barvinsky (1888-1963)

Vasyl Barvinsky began his music studies with his mother, a pupil of Mikuli. He studied at the Lemberg Conservatory, and from 1908 to 1914 was a pupil of Vítězslav Novák in Prague. After Liudkevych was drafted into the Austrian army, Barvinsky became the director of the Lysenko Institute in Lviv. As a pianist, he toured Soviet Ukraine in 1928 with cellist Bohdan Berezhnytsky. In 1929, Adam Sołtys succeeded his father, Mieczysław, as director of the conservatory. When the Soviets merged the conservatory with the institute, it was Barvinsky who was appointed director of the new Lviv State Conservatory. Privilege, however, was short-lived. In 1948, intrigue led to denunciation and Barvinsky was exiled to a labour camp in the Mordovian ASSR. All his music scores were publically burned! Barvinsky returned to Lviv in 1958 a broken man and spent the rest of his days unsuccessfully trying to recreate his lost works. The surviving art songs are representative of the composer’s post-romantic and often impressionistic style.


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