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Non pių andrai


Songs arranged by Mario Leblanc

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1. Yak mi pokokhalys
When we fell in love - waltz


2. Yak tebe ne lubyty
How can I not love you - tango


3. Ty moja najkrashcha pisnja
You are my favourite song - rumba

4. Vyna vyna divchyno
Wine, more wine my girl - waltz


5. Kozhnyj raz
Every time - foxtrot


6. Pisnja Rubanka
Woodworker's song - fast waltz


7. Skazhy chy tak a mozhe ni
Say yes, or say no - foxtrot


8. Namaluj meni nitch
Paint the night - waltz




(aka: Wesolowsky)

1915 – 1971



Bohdan Vesolovsky was a popular composer of Ukrainian "parlor music"
and Ukrainian "art songs". In 1933, Vesolovsky studied law and received a Master of Law in Western Ukraine. During this period he also studied with famous Ukrainian composers such as Mykola Lysenko, Stanislav Liudkevych and Mykola Kolessa.

The beginning of the Second World War forced Vesolovsky to flee Ukraine to settle for a brief period in Vienna where he continued his music studies. He earned a diploma from the Consular Academy, and later a doctor of science degree in economics from the University of Vienna.

Vesolovsky was only 22 years old when he wrote his first hit. His music was already so popular that people began recognizing him on the streets of Ukraine. His songs were popularized on the radio, at concerts, at student dances and even at the movies. In 1945, Vesolovsky joined the US Armed Forces in Austria and worked with the Counter Intelligence Corps of the US Army. In 1949, he and his family immigrated to Canada and became Canadian citizens. In 1952, Vesolovsky became the first announcer-producer of the newly formed Ukrainian section of Radio Canada International. He worked there until his death on December 17th, 1971.

Throughout his life in Montreal Vesolovsky organized orchestras and concerts in which he himself performed as an accordion player, pianist and singer. He was considered to be an accomplished pianist. Throughout his life, he wrote and published songs and himself organized the recording of his music on 78rpm vinyl records. His recordings were extremely popular throughout Canada, the US and in Europe. No other substantial recordings of his songs have been made since the 1960’s.

Vesolovsky's style was strongly influenced by the Austrian waltz and tango. The tango, the foxtrot and the light waltz were his forte. The lyrics for most of his songs are based on love in all its forms. Vesolovsky often wrote his own lyrics. He left behind close to 150 songs. Three volumes of his music have recently been published in Ukraine. These compilations contain all the known works of the composer’s music including songs and instrumental pieces.

My project is to begin recording these wonderful songs, instrumental pieces and "art song" type repertoire. The vast majority of Bohdan Vesolovsky's music has yet to be recorded. His music is world class and deserves to be documented and known today.