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To the birthday of Mykola Lysenko. Top 5 most famous works of the composer

Tomorrow marks the 182nd anniversary of the birth of Mykola Lysenko, the most famous Ukrainian composer, who left an indelible mark on the world's musical heritage. Streets, theaters and music schools are named after this great artist. Well, we at UCAN Radio cannot pass by this important event.

Mykola Lysenko became famous not only as the author of the brilliant operas "Natalka Poltavka" and "Taras Bulba", but also as a public figure and a talented cultural manager who actively promoted Ukrainian culture throughout his life.

His work is first of all, in the personal opinion of our editors, associated with the opera "Christmas Night", which was written based on Gogol's novel "The Night Before Christmas". This colorful work is full of scenes of Christmas rituals and motifs of folk music. The premiere took place at the Kyiv City Theater on January 25, 1874.

Another outstanding work is "Prayer for Ukraine", which has become a real spiritual anthem of the nation. Written to the words of Oleksandr Konyskyi, this work is an integral part of the history of Ukraine and sounds all over the world in the name of our country.

Among the most popular operas of Mykola Lysenko are, of course, "Natalka Poltavka" and "Taras Bulba", which occupy an honorable place in the repertoire of many Ukrainian musical theaters. Their plots are based on the works of Ukrainian writers Ivan Kotlyarevskyi and Mykola Gogol, respectively.

It is also worth mentioning the opera "Aeneid", which was based on the poem by Ivan Kotlyarevskyi. This bright work with a satirical mood has been delighting audiences with its sophisticated music and deep meaning for more than a century.

Mykola Lysenko left an indelible mark in the musical history of Ukraine, his works continue to capture the hearts of listeners around the world and inspire new generations of artists. And we at UCAN Radio honor the memory of the composer and listen to his works with gratitude!

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