Bury and Rise

From Wind Repertory Project
Catherine Likhuta

Catherine Likhuta

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General Info

Year: 2023
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Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

In February 2022, the world was shocked by Russia’s barbaric invasion of Ukraine. My 60-year-old disabled mother lived in Kyiv at the time and did not survive the attack on the city. Later, I was approached by Dallas Winds with a commission request for a piece which would celebrate the stoic heroism of the Ukrainian resistance. I quickly realized that my brain has repressed many or most traumatic memories of these past few months. The start of the full-scale war and many of the subsequent developments felt absolutely surreal. Perhaps, it is only through music that I can express what I need to say about these events. There are no words to describe how important this commission is to me.

The piece will feature the key elements of Ukrainian folk music and its gutsy, almost tribal, yet wonderfully optimistic spirit. The capabilities of wind band fit perfectly with Ukrainian musical traditions -- from the band’s angular rhythms to its brilliant runs on woodwinds going up against heroic brass and colourful percussion. Furthermore, there are numerous possibilities to imitate traditional Ukrainian instruments with the core band arsenal: piccolo and flute can sound just like sopilka, horn makes an excellent trembita, and harp is a great substitute for bandura.

The title of the piece, Bury and Rise, is a loose translation of a line from the iconic poem Zapovit (“Testament”, 1861) by Taras Shevchenko, arguably the most important artist for the Ukrainian identity. Shevchenko asks to bury him when he passes and then rise to defend the homeland. That is exactly what Ukrainians have done. Bury and Rise will be an ambitious project celebrating their spirit, their never-ending optimism against all odds, and -- as a news reporter recently put it -- their stamina as the fastest renewable energy source.

- Program Note by composer


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  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Sarah McKoin, conductor) - 17 November 2023
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) - 7 November 2023 *Premiere Performance*

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