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FULL Zaporozhets Beyond the Danube (Hulak-Artemovsky) Geelong 2004 Eugene Stefyn, Lucy Yurkiw-Nicolson, Tetyana Schyrytsya, Oleg Levkut

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  • Published by: TheDoctorIgor  
  • Date Published: 2024  
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  • Quality Video: 2 Audio:3
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“Zaporozhets za Dunayem”, is based on actual historical events which occurred in the 18th century, namely the endeavours of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to save themselves from total annihilation, after the ruthless liquidation of the Zaporozhian Sich, the bastion of the Cossacks, by the Russian troops at the orders of Catherine ll. Centuries have passed but the fame and memory of the famous Cossack period lives on and will live on as long as Ukraine exists.

The high ideals of the Cossacks, their fighting spirit, their bravery, their love of justice, their fairness and benevolence have been written about by scores of writers, poets and immortalized in songs by classical musicians and in folklore but the greatest qualities that stand out were their love of freedom and the love of their homeland, Ukraine. In composing the opera “Zaporozhets za Dunayem” Hulak-Artemovsky was forced to use some artistic licence in order to pass the strict censorship laws which forbade any criticism of tsarist rule. Thus even the Sultan is depicted as a benevolent ruler who grants the Cossacks permission to return home.

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