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The Kobza

The Kobza

Recorded in 1961, this album features 12 Ukrainian folk songs and epics played on the kobza (a member of the lute family) and sung by Paul Konoplenko-Zaporozetz. Konoplenko, who focused on the violin and guitar during his early musical studies, switched to the kobza when the renowned player Danylo Potapenko presented him with a 150-year-old instrument. Konoplenko modernized the kobza, adding frets, and forged a successful career as a soloist. He also wrote several books on the instrument.

The liner notes feature a brief history of the kobza and its importance in Ukrainian culture. The notes also include background on each tune as well as song lyrics in Ukrainian and English.

Track Listing

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A Cossack was Leaving for War Paul Konoplenko-Zaporozetz 2:50
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102
The Black Cloud Paul Konoplenko-Zaporozetz 2:21
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103
O, Betrothed Maiden Paul Konoplenko-Zaporozetz 3:38
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104
Oh My Mother Told Me Paul Konoplenko-Zaporozetz 2:34
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105
For Your Cherry Lips Paul Konoplenko-Zaporozetz 4:01
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106
Ukranian Folk Dances: Highlander's Kolomeyka; Carpathian Dance; Choomak; Doodochka Paul Konoplenko-Zaporozetz 4:33
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201
Bayda Paul Konoplenko-Zaporozetz 4:03
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202
O, Green Oak Tree Paul Konoplenko-Zaporozetz 2:39
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203
Our Ukraine Paul Konoplenko-Zaporozetz 4:23
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204
Blow, Wind, Unto Ukraine Paul Konoplenko-Zaporozetz 3:06
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205
There Stands a Mountain Paul Konoplenko-Zaporozetz 2:36
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206
A Bundle of Jocund Folk Songs: If I but the Magic Knew; Be Gone, Death!; John was Sowing Millet Paul Konoplenko-Zaporozetz 4:23
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