Hutsul music from the village of Kosmach

The Kosmach Musicians



1 Signal of the ascent into the mountain meadows on trembita and horn Play
2 Shepherd melodies on the jaw harp
3 "Arkan", dance of the shepherds and the opryshky, or mountain bandits, on trembita
4 "Arkan" on tsymbali, fiddle, double flute and drum. Play
5 Entrance into the mountain meadows on trembita with fanfare
6 "Oh i will go up into Mountain Meadows", a rhyming song
7 Shepherd melodies on telenka
8 Shepherd melodies on double flute
9 Mountain meadow melody
10 Medley of Hutsul melodies


11 Beginning of the wedding
a. On the way to the house
b. The parents come out of the house c. The Welcoming of the musicians
d. Accompaniment for singing
e. The musicians for singing
f. "Oh, Lord may This Be a Good Time"
12 "The Hutsul Girl", a fast dance tune
13 "Oh, the Green Evergreens", a wedding incantation by the matchmakers
14 "Oh, Lord May This Be a Good Time" as a march for the bridal couple Play
15 "At the table" music for singing
16 a. Fiddle and double flute duet
b. Tsymbaly and double flute duet
17 Accompaniment to wedding incantation
18 Fiddle solo
19 "Hopak", a dance tune
20 "The Blue Cornflower", a dance tune
21 Dance Medley
22 Accompaniment for the bridal couple
23 Wedding drinking song
24 "The Dove", a dance tune
25 "Mykyta"


26 "The Winter Song Singers Are Coming" on trembita and horn
27 "Behind the Pen in the Yard", a winter song Play
28 Well-wishing
29 Trembita as the winter song singers leave
Kosmach - is the heart of Hutsul. Perhaps the greatest and real pearl of the village not only Region, but also in Ukraine.
32 priselke with poetic names: Mel, Dil, deterioration, Rushir, Preluki, Pochosy, Zavoyely - like sunlight adorn the mountains to the village center.
Kosmach - "Sun Valley", "Sun Bowl" - here a special cosmos, cosmic forces, sunny colors of the Carpathian nature kindled in the hearts of God kosmachan that spark that has for centuries burning unquenchable creative flame. Here in every house living artists: weave, embroider, rizblyat, painted Easter eggs of rare beauty, maystruyut musical instruments played.
Kosmatsky traditional clothing and embroidery win all the colors of the sun. Space characters sky, sun, stars - at Kosmatsky pysanka. Vohnystyy temperament Kosmatsky musicians bare beauty of the natural environment ... When a rocky Gregor which make the thunder, the mountains ring with turbulent flows and violent wind wins fir their eternal melody, while the giant meadow Chuhayster gets in his mad dance - this time born in Kosmachi music.
Some magnetic force attracted to Kosmach many Ukrainian poets, writers, musicians, artists: Alex Nowakowski, Michael Frost, Gregory Smolsky, Filaret and Mykola Kolessa, Stanislaus Lyudkevych, Ostap Lysenko, Irene Wilde, Lina Kostenko, Ivan Svitlychny, John Mykolaychuka Ivasiuk ... You can name many more famous names of those who sought to Kosmachi inspiration. Kosmachany as a precious treasure, retain their ancient customs and musical tradition. Glory of Kosmatsky folk music has long moved beyond the Carpathians and the Ukraine. In the village by this time there are many instrumental wedding chapel. Folklore from ancient recorded and exploring musical authenticity Kosmach, here in the last 150 years found more than 100 musicians, wedding chapel. Even in times of Austro-Hungary showed Kosmatsky wedding in Vienna, Lviv. Hutsul Chapel with the U.S. running Dmitry Tkachuk performed many songs and wedding music from Kosmach. In the television movie "Carpathian Resources", "Kosmach" fixed tradition Kosmatsky wedding ceremony.
In 2001 one of the choirs were invited to the Third World Theatrical Olympiad. Chapel, organized cymbalist virtuoso Michael Rybchuk, performed with great success in the program which was music of the mountains and valleys - from the Carpathians to Tibet, and on Moscow television.
In this CD can be divided into 3 cycles of ritual music that accompany the rite of spring - "Get On the mountain," the summer - "Wedding" and winter - "Koliada."
We hope that students of this disc will discover an interesting page original culture of Hutsul.
Lesia Turianska
translation as usual: google 
Kosmach is village in the heart of the Hutsul region of the Carpathian Mountains. it is one of the largest and most enchanting villages in Ukraine. Very talented people have preserved the traditional rituals, customs, crafts and music here. It seems that every house has its own musicians that play on traditional instruments made by Kosmach master craftsmen. Fiddles, tsymbali (hammer dulcimers), and flutes make up the traditional wedding band. The trembita, or mountain horn, accompanies the winter song singers at Christmastime, and also calls mourners to funerals, and shepherds to the mountain meadows in the spring.
There exist Tibetan monks in this world who travel, relate, show – and perform their Tibetan music. By any chance, have you ever heard them performing? If you have, probably you will be surprised with this recording, since the distance between the Tibet and the Carpathian Mountains is so big, but still the music of these regions has something in common, even something allied. The question is – where from? Yet, on the other hand, both are mountains, and it means that they are closer to the sky. As you know, in the sky the roots grow and communicate according to their own laws, which are not at all earthly. That is why all that is not surprising. Quite different things should be surprising – why people can seldom find a common language. Immediately one of the answers appears – since when you communicate with the help of words, practically always there is something fallacious and incomplete present in this communication. It happens because every person has his or her personal thesaurus in his or her head. And one of the decisions may be heard right now – because music is nearly the most universal language among all human and non-human languages. This is not even a theorem; it is simply a fact, and frankly speaking, a joyful fact. Its joy lies not in the hope for a possible harmonious communication, but in the fact that this communication exists now and keeps on existing. You should only see it. Or, to be exact, to hear. To feel.

Anton Jozhik Lejba (Hedgehog)
Trembita (see track 01)
Actually, in the Carpathian Mountains trembita is still used in a practical way. As in many places highly in mountains there is no phone connection than different melodies of this instrument can tell all the important massages that can be heard at a distance of 10 km. Traditionally trembita is used by mountain dwellers. With the help of this instrument is given a signal about the biggest spring holiday in Hutsul Land, when the shepherds are going to the mountain meadows, and, of cause, when they go back in autumn. Besides, the sounds of trembita can tell about danger or about somebody’s death. There is an old tradition to meet guests with the sounds of trembita.

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