Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


The School of Music

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Myroslav Skoryk is one of the most influential Ukrainian composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His works draw extensively on the folk traditions of Ukraine to evoke various aspects of the country’s cultural legacy.

The violin holds a special place in the cultural, societal, and historical heritage of Ukraine. Skoryk’s works for violin draw on both Ukrainian folk traditions as well as classical performance traditions. The intricacies of Skoryk’s folk-inspired classical pieces of music are rooted in the oral traditions of Ukrainian folk music.

This document provides background information on certain Ukrainian folk music traditions and their connection to selected works by Skoryk that combine folk elements with traditional Western Classical characteristics. This information aims to guide the player to a better understanding and more effective performance of these pieces.

My Lecture Recital performance in February, and this accompanying Written Document focus on Dibrova Zelena, Carpathian Rhapsody, and Hutsul Triptych: II.“Dance” – are the examples of how Skoryk blends the mostly oral tradition of folk music with more complex classical procedures, particularly as they apply to the violin. The goal is to provide a useful performance guide for the professional player while also enlightening the general reader who is interested in discovering new Ukrainian pieces.

Skoryk’s violin music represents a distinctive and important contribution to the violin repertory. A working knowledge of the folk roots of Skoryk’s compositions and the methods he employed in transferring folk elements into his violin works is essential to the performer’s understanding and effective interpretation.



Committee Chair

Lilleslåtten, Espen