chapter  13
Denys Sichynsky, Roksoliana; Historical Opera in Three Acts with a Prologue (1911)
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Composer Denys Volodymyrovych Sichynsky (1865-1909) was born and lived in Galicia at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His compositions include numerous works for symphony and chamber orchestras, a liturgical score, a choral cantata, and approximately 20 songs to texts by famous Ukrainian and Europeans poets (Taras Shevchenko, Ivan Franko, Lesia Ukrainka, and Heinrich Heine).2 Sichynsky was a very active figure on the musical scenes of Lviv, Stanislaviv (now Ivano-Frankivsk), Berezhany, and Kolomyia at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He organized and conducted music concerts and performances, and he actively participated in establishing the first “Боян” [‘Boyan’]3 society of music and song in Lviv and several of its branches throughout Galicia and Bukovyna. He also founded a music school in Stanislaviv and set up a wing of the “Музична бібліотека” (“Muzychna Biblioteka”) [‘Music Library’] association, which printed works by Ukrainian composers.