A Pandora's lute or an experiment in a can of worms...
Last update: March 12, 2013
CHAPTER I :: UKRAINE IN THE 18th CENTURY: General outlook
CHAPTER II :: UKRAINIAN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: Historical context
CHAPTER III-a :: TORBAN: Its origins and predecessors
CHAPTER III-b :: TORBAN: Illustrated Overview of Surviving Instruments
CHAPTER IV-a :: UKRAINIAN MUSIC: Renaissance Era, Lute
CHAPTER IV-b :: Baroque & Classical Eras, Baroque Lute & Torban
CHAPTER V :: PERSONALITIES: Known players and literary citations
ICONOGRAPHY :: REGIONAL: Lutes in Early Eastern Europe
FORUM :: DISCUSSIONS
CONTACT :: QUESTIONS
These are the contributing authors that graciously helped with this collaborative project, originally started in 1988: Tim Crawford, Roman Turovsky, Robert Paul Magocsi, Eduard Drach, Volodymyr Kushpet, Rob MacKillop, Volodymyr Vojt, Alexander Batov, Valery Sauvage. Arto Wikla, Ed Durbrow, Mathias Rösel, Victor Mishalow, Nestor Torbanyst, Bernd Haegemann, Marcin Ludwicki, Michal Wycislik, Greet Schamp, Yuri Fedynsky, Jerzy Zak, Matanya Ophee, Alisja Knast, Aleksandr Tolokno, Andriy Bondarenko, Franco Fois, Davide Rebuffa, Andrij Hornjatkevyç, Orest Kuprij, Patryk Miernikiewicz, Terrell Stone, Christopher Wilke, Massimo Marchese, Lex van Sante, David van Ooijen, Hans Kockelmans, Andrij Legkyj, Michael Andrec, Oleg Timofeyev, Stuart Walsh, Elio Donatelli, Jean-Marie Poirier, Michal Mlynarz, John-Paul Himka, Eugene Kurenko et alia.
A disclaimer note: This document raises some questions, but does not purport to answer them. This is not a musicological article, it is an essay based on its writers' historical sense and their sense of musical and visual aesthetics. It does not provide bibliography to the degree customary in mucicology, unless it is called for by some specific and IMPORTANT issue, and a number of details and nuance found in these pages are based on educated and perspicacious conjecture. This document is intended primarily for lutenists who might wish to acquaint themselves with Ukrainian music and culture in the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Biedermeier Eras, and bandurists, who might wish to gain some understanding of Ukrainian tradition of domestic music-making without commercialism and with some modicum of authenticity. Hopefully it would also hold sufficient interest for lay public as well, and we certainly hope that the MP3 files we provide as musical illustrations would by enjoyed universally.
The images, music and texts in this document are published under GFDL licence. All dissemination thereof (and contributions thereto) are welcome.