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Shchedryk * Carol of the Bells * Ukrainian National Chorus (1922): This recording of Shchedryk by the Ukr. National Chorus directed by Prof. Alexander Koshetz (Brunswick 15034B) is the first known recording of the Leontovych classic which was heard in Carnegie Hall by Peter Wilhousky, who then wrote the English lyrics and it became the Carol of the Bells.” https://soundcloud.com/free-ukraine/shtchedryk-carol-of-the-bells-ukrainian-national-chorus-1922

Carnegie Hall: “A 100-Year Celebration of “Carol of the Bells” Sunday, December 4, 2022, 2 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage: “Carol of the Bells” returns to Carnegie Hall 100 years after its North American premiere on this stage, when New York audiences first experienced Ukraine’s unique choral tradition thanks to a historic tour by The Ukrainian Republic Capella…” More and ticket info here: https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2022/12/04/Notes-from-Ukraine-0200PM

Mykola Leontovych “composed “Shchedryk” in 1904 (premiered in 1916), now known to the English-speaking world as “Carol of the Bells”. He was murdered by a Soviet agent in 1921, and is known as a martyr in the Eastern Orthodox Ukrainian Church, where he is also remembered for his liturgy, the first liturgy composed in the vernacular, specifically in the modern Ukrainian language.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mykola_Leontovych
The English lyrics “Carol of the Bells” were written by a Ukrainian-American: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Wilhousky

At Grand Central Station, NYC, December 1st 2022:

The Kyiv Children’s Choir arrived in New York City from Poland for a performance at Carnegie Hall”: https://youtu.be/gz0DkO-5VoQ

From United24media: https://t.me/s/United24media.
Cuteness overload:
Kyiv’s Children’s Choir performing “Carol of the Bell” at the Grand Central Station in NY.

Proud fact:
The music for “Carol of the Bell” was written by the Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych (100 years anniversary this year btw, yay!).

Pinch of salt (tonnes of salt actually):
Shortly after the premiere of “Carol of the Bell” in Carnegie Hall, NY Mykola was murdered by the undercover Chekist (USSR security agent) who had asked to stay the night at his house. After he shot the composer, he also robbed Mykola’s family. Quite a familiar behaviour, isn’t it?

Have a nice day, everyone (except the terrorist state)!https://t.me/s/United24media

“Shchedryk” (Ukrainian: Щедрик, from Щедрий вечiр, “Bountiful Evening”) is a Ukrainian shchedrivka, or New Year’s song, known in English as “The Little Swallow”. It was arranged by composer and teacher Mykola Leontovych in 1916, and tells a story of a swallow flying into a household to sing of wealth that will come with the following spring. “Shchedryk” was originally sung on the night of January 13, New Year’s Eve in the Julian Calendar (December 31 Old Style), which is Shchedry Vechir. Early performances of the piece were made by students at Kyiv University.

“Shchedryk” was later adapted as an English Christmas carol, “Carol of the Bells”, by Peter J. Wilhousky following a performance of the original song by Alexander Koshetz’s Ukrainian National Chorus at Carnegie Hall on October 5, 1921. Wilhousky copyrighted and published his new lyrics (which were not based on the Ukrainian lyrics) in 1936, and the song became popular in the United States and Canada, where it became strongly associated with Christmas.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shchedryk_(song)

Mykola Leontovych “composed “Shchedryk” in 1904 (premiered in 1916), now known to the English-speaking world as “Carol of the Bells”. He was murdered by a Soviet agent in 1921, and is known as a martyr in the Eastern Orthodox Ukrainian Church, where he is also remembered for his liturgy, the first liturgy composed in the vernacular, specifically in the modern Ukrainian language.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mykola_Leontovych

Many know this version of the lyrics: “Ring, Christmas Bells”, an English-language variant featuring nativity-based lyrics, was written by Minna Louise Hohman in 1947https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_of_the_Bells

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_Republic_Capella

Carol of the Bells’ marks 100 years since debut in Carnegie Hall as Ukrainian ‘Shchedryk’” Dec. 2, 2022 · 4:23 PM EST By Lydia Tomkiw https://theworld.org/media/2022-12-02/carol-bells-marks-100-years-debut-carnegie-hall-ukrainian-shchedryk

Kyiv children’s choir sings powerful ‘Carol of the Bells’ in New York Grand Central” 2 December 2022, 17:51 https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/videos/kyiv-children-choir-new-york-station/