Today, we wanted to share with you something beautiful from a country that has been subjected to horrors throughout its history.
Ukraine, a nation who enters history proper in the Middle Ages, has come under the rule of many external powers – the Golden Horde of the Mongols, the Kingdom of Poland, the Crimean Khanate, the Russian and the Habsburg empires and the Bolsheviks. Ukrainian Bolsheviks established a republic where Ukrainian culture and language persisted, but in the 1930’s Russification began; four to five million people perished from hunger. Then, during the second World War, the country was occupied by Germany and Russia.
Ukraine reclaimed its independence after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
We have selected two musical moments to remember its dignity as a sovereign nation.
“Yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is Today’s Dream – Khalil Gibran
The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation