Miscellany: Both Ukrainian Canadian and Ukrainian

Miscellany: Both Ukrainian Canadian and Ukrainian

This section is simply a grab bag of miscellaneous facts that show where Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian culture interacts with North American mainstream culture.

For example, did you know...

  • That the Ukrainian Canadian presence is reflected in the writers of major Canadian authors? For example these novels all have Ukrainian Canadian characters
      Morley Callaghan's The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth
      Margaret Atwood's Life before Man
      Gabriel Roy's Where Nests the Water Hen
      Margaret Lawrence's A Jest of God
      Carol Shields' Republic of Love
      W. O. Mitchell's Who Has Seen the Wind
      Morley Torgov's A Nice Place to Come From
  • That Baida Vishnevetsky is a minor character in the British 1971 historical novel The Ringed Castle by Dorothy Dunnett? The acknowledgments note that "the verses of the Song of Baida have been translated from the Ukrainian for this book by Yaroslav Baran." While Baida appears throughout the latter half of the book (as a very minor character), nevertheless, the following passage is curious:
      'Have you ever heard of Baida?'
      No one had.
      'An extremely mettlesome leader of Cossacks, who has become a legend already in Ukraine. There are many songs his men sing about him. You were asking about music. This is an example of it.'
      'Play,' Lady Mary said. 'There are virginals. Play and sing it to us. Or the harpsichord.'
      He rose with ease and perched at the harpsichord, one hand on the keys. 'It's only a marching song. But this version is interesting.' And he sang lightly, picking out the notes one-handed, an expurgated version of the song which had roared round the camp, on the night Prince Vishnevetsky had joined him.
        In the market place of the Khanate,
        Baida drinks his mead
        And Baida drinks not a night or an hour
        Not a day or two...
      He did not make it too long, and they left the table and moved round him as he played, and made agreeable sounds as he finished. Philippa said, 'Who did you say Baida was?'
      'I didn't,' said Lymond. 'In fact, his name is Dmitri Vishnevetsky.'
  • That arguably Ukraine's largest export is... the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine? Since 1995, this orchestra has recorded some 50 CDs on the NAXOS label, featuring not Ukrainian music, but music by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Mussorgsky, Ippolitov Ivanov, and many others. In addition, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine has pioneered in the NAXOS "American Classics Series" recording works by such American composers as Aqntheil, Hadley, Creston, Piston, McKay and many others.
  • Sometimes it is difficult to know whether one is supposed to be pleased or insulted. Here is an example. One program from the well known cartoon series of the Kozaky has been translated/dubbed into English under the title The adventures of the Ding-a-Ling Brothers. The video was produced by Wonderland cartoons, and a couple years ago was sold at Zellers for approximately $2.
  • There are currently some 26 different recordings available of Franz Liszt's Mazeppa. This includes versions for orchestra, solo piano and two pianos.