Troista Muzyka of Prykarpattia and Bukovyna

Trojisti muzyky Prykarpattja ta Bukovyny
Ukrainian ethnic music



1 Wedding-dance song Play
2 Verkhovyna melodies played on cymbalo
3 Melodies from the pastures
4 Old and contemporary Guzul melodies
5 Folk improvisation of Dovbush
6 Arkan, oprishki's dance Play


7 Verkhovina, our land Play
8 Wedding melodies
9 Before autumn comes Play
10 Oh, we met at Yaremcha
11 A am dark-haired
12 Bukovinian melodies
13 Moldavian melodies
14 Bukovinian polka
15 Doina, Gora, Sirba "Vesela"

Total time : 41:00 

The Guzuls have created a very poetic legend about their trio-ensemble music. Three musicians - a violinist, cimbalomist and sopilka-player - fell in love with one maiden. In order to choose her bride-groom the maiden suggested that they take part in a contest and the player whose music-making the people would judge to be the best she would marry.

Each musician in turn played his favourite melody, but as the three musicians equally well none of them could win the contest. Then the maiden asked them to play the same song but again nobody scored a victory... There was only one thing left to do - to play a tune together. But their joint performance yielded such enchanting music that the people decided that it would be a sin to part them and so they continued to play together.

In this way this music came to be called "troista muzyka" (trio-ensemble music). The emergence of music of this kind, that laid the foundation for the further development of folk instrumental music, was a great achievement in the cultural life of the people. 
It is one thing when you listen to music like that only because it is interesting for you to know what kind of music it is. But it is quite a different thing when you listen to it because you are captured by the virtuosity and singularity of performance - only then it becomes really interesting for you. Only then it becomes interesting for you why you haven’t got interested in it earlier. Such is the case with this particular disc. The recordings presented at it capture you both with the skill and beauty of performance. It is meticulous – this is exactly the word, which may describe it. As for one of the performers presented here – Vasyl “Mohur” Hrymalyuk, people say that he plays violin better than the devil himself. Still, other musicians make a pleasant impression, too. If you listen to this recording sitting, then a moment comes when you notice that you have already started jumping on you seat keeping time with music. Seemingly, haven’t we heard troyisi muzyky before? It turns out to be – we haven’t. At least, I myself haven’t heard anybody like them before. Or, may be, I haven’t listened properly.

Anton Jozhik Lejba (Hedgehog)
Folk musicians, folk instrumental ensemble consisting of violin, basolia (bass), tambourine (in the central regions), or violin, dulcimer, tambourine (in the western regions).

First mentioned in the Ukraine in the late 17th - and early 18th century.

Troista music played an important role in the life of the Ukrainian village: at folk festivals, weddings, fairs and more. Performed mostly songs and dance tunes.
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