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UKRAINE SONATA (26.46)

As the shadow of Soviet control slipped away from the former satellite states, Ukraine stepped forward and declared its independence. Free of Moscow's grip, gone is the state funding that supported the arts. Music is an abandoned program. Once a source of great pride and honor for the former Soviet Republics, many formerly celebrated musicians are now destitute. Young students of music have an uncertain future.

The spiritual repression of the Soviet era, ironically, inspired creative genius and stands in marked contrast to the state of music today in Ukraine. As communism collapsed a surge of nationalism emerged in the light of freedom as the population and musicians alike searched for a heritage from a history dominated by Russian. But the birth and development of a capitalist system and creative liberty has led to another tension: pop music vs. traditional or classical music. In the vacuum created by the fall of communism, the new economic and societal environment threatens to leave behind the musicians and music in this former Soviet satellite.

Ukraine Sonata looks at the years before, during and after the great "Perestroika," of the Soviet Union and how the Independent Republic of Ukraine is negotiating the changes on a musical level.

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