Let us not forget: March 4, the anniversary of Volodymyr Ivasiuk's birth
Courtesy of E-Poshta
From: Marta D. Olynyk m.olynyk@sympatico.ca

                             March 4 is the birthday of the famous Ukrainian composer and
                             poet Volodymyr Ivasiuk, whose song "Chervona Ruta" made him
                             a beloved figure throughout Ukraine and the diaspora.
                             Volodymyr, who had a degree in medicine, was also talented in
                             art, photography, and cinematography. In its February 28, 2003
                             issue the Ukrainian newspaper Krymska Svitlytsia features an
                             article by the poet Vasyl Martynov, the author of a memoir about
                             Ivasiuk, who was found hanged in a deep forest near the large
                             village of Briukhovychi near Lviv on 18 May 1979, some 21-24
                             days after his death at the age of thirty. The circumstances and
                             details of his mysterious death do not support the official version
                             of his death by "suicide."

                             In his article-memoir Vasyl Martynov recalls meeting Volodymyr
                             Ivasiuk backstage at the Lviv Circus in 1977, after which they
                             became friends for two years, until the poet's tragic death.
                             Throughout all the years since his death Martynov planned to
                             write a song about the composer. One night, he recalls, a strange
                             thing happened: he began composing a song about Volodia in
                             his sleep. At two o'clock in the morning he got up and wrote down
                             the words to a song called "Chebretsevyi lehit" [Gentle breeze of
                             wild thyme], which his friend the composer Valerii Kvasnevsky
                             set to music. Martynov recorded the song on a cassette and
                             brought it to Ivasiuk's sister Halyna. There he met Volodymyr
                             Ivasiuk's namesake, his nephew Volodia, who is the spitting
                             image of his famous and unforgettable uncle.

                             Let us not forget:
                             Volodymyr Ivasiuk: 1949-1979, murdered by the heirs of Lenin and Stalin.

Photos: Halas Magazine, Kyiv, 3 June 1997, via www.ukar.org

To read the Ukrainian-language article, see: http://svitlytsia.crimea.ua/?section=article&artID=610

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