Ukrainian Folk Music
The traditions of the Ukrainian folk music have a long history. They originated from the peasant rituals which celebrated natural agricultural circles, dumas and ballads of the legendary kobzars of the 16th-17th who traveled with their kobzas (a string instrument similar to lute) and sang ballads about heroic exploits. Music for Ukrainians has always been a natural expression of feelings and emotions. It is no wonder that Ukrainian music has such rich melodies and rhythmical structures. Many folk songs have been transferred from generation to generation and some of them are so old, that nobody even remembers who created them. Ukrainian folk songs were not created by someone’s order, but they existed as the internal human desire to express their feelings and share experiences with others. Traditional Ukrainian folk music becomes more and more popular in present day Ukraine. The history of Ukrainian music did not always know the best of times for its prosperity. For a long period of time it wasn’t even consider as a form of art.
We cannot just cross out the centuries of the national history to ignore this period. Every nation has to remember its complete historical roots, both good and bad, in order to maintain its national identity and awareness.
It used to be very typical for common Ukrainian people to come together whenever they could and sing the songs of Ukraine. It would start with one person singing and soon others would join in and a breath taking song took ones heart away was in motion.
Today, people don’t have as much time for singing; they are rushing to get somewhere all the time. But if you are lucky, you still have a chance to listen to them, if you are invited to someone’s home, you may be fortunate enough to witness this performance of Ukrainian history. If you are going to visit Kiev, you will encounter musicians in the streets or subway stations who sing Ukrainian folk songs while playing their banduras.