Christmas and New Year are almost here 🙂 It is a tradition here to celebrate Christmas singing carols (special Christmas hymns). I love this tradition a lot and I know many traditional Ukrainian carols.
I think that many people around the world will recognize this melody:
It’s so beautiful, isn’t it?
But few people know that actually this is Ukrainian traditional New Year’s carol (Shchedrivka) which tune was arranged by the Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych in 1916.
New Year’s carols are traditionally sung on New Year’s eve (the Bountiful Evening) to wish the hosts health, wealth, abundant harvest and all the best.
You can read some more information as well as the text of the traditional Shchedryk here.
Here is an interesting version of “Schedryk” performed by Oleh Skrypka and Le Grand Orchestra: