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Volodymyr Ivasyuk

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Volodymyr Mykhailovych Ivasiuk
Ivasyuk in 1972
Ivasyuk in 1972
Native nameВолоди́мир Миха́йлович Івасю́к
Born4 March 1949
Kitsman, Chernivtsi oblast, Ukrainian SSR
Died24–27 April 1979[1]
Lviv, Ukrainian SSR
OccupationPoet and composer
Notable awardsHero of Ukraine.png
Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine.jpg

Volodymyr Mykhailovych Ivasyuk or Volodymyr Ivasiuk (Ukrainian: Володи́мир Миха́йлович Івасю́к) (4 March 1949 – 24–27 April 1979[1]) was a Ukrainian songwriter, composer and poet. He is the author and composer of the widely popular song "Chervona Ruta" popularized by Sofia Rotaru in 1971, and later covered by other singers.

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"To My Son" When you’ve grown you can choose many things in this life, but your mother’s eyes you cannot choose your mother’s land, as well. Don’t you know, Ukraine’s willows and poplars will rustle forever in your soul, my son? it's such a pleasure to be back in New York again this next song was the first song on our debut record "Blossoms" І wait in the orchard a nightingale’s ocean, blossoms are falling quietly quietly, like dew. How many seasons have I searched for you? Orchards, do not yearn in the dawn for blossoms that fall, so it must be when Summer embraces the Spring. "Silver Sphere" "Again for you" WHO WILL FREE THIS SOUL? The sun has set without a tracę without the warmth that once our love embraced. I glance — you’re gone and only left brief memories behind, now who will free this soul of mine? “Look”, you’re, a princess washed in moonlight gold. I was not worthy, reluctant in the silver rain. Not mine or yours, this love that gods now who will free this soul of mine? now who will free this soul of mine? have only loaned. Our hearts were blissful for a time then woke up from a fleeting dream, now who will free this soul of mine? And all shall meet a common fate — sad reminders of the past await, yet stubborn hope will not abandon us that fate a sudden joy may bring again. now who will free this soul of mine? now who will free this soul of mine? now who will free this soul of mine? now who will? now who will free? this soul now who will free this soul? this soul soul soul now who will free this soul of mine? ON WINGS In the quivering of a moonbeam at dawn awash in yearning you take flight. The night brings winged embraces, reigns of eestasy forever your songs Oh bittersweet creature fly despite your innocence smile despite your sins. We’ve endured the sun’s betrayal the earth’s turning away, Yet Eternity betrothed us seeking songs of love and freedom soaring among distant stars. JOY Joy has соmе to visit The world has left a space to let out pain and sorrow to let in gentle grace Joy has sparked a tire of long forgotten dreams and with a touch has hastened the crumbling of hard fears. Despite a heartfelt promise to endure, to stay... Joy has heard another’s ery and must be on its’ way. SAMBA DON'T LAUGH AT LOVE O, Love — such a słrange, mysterious thing! When it hits, don’t resist it, don’t jest with it, too. Those crazy feelings can happen to you. Believe me, when two hearts start beating as one you won’t know the hour or day, nothing or no one can save you so don’t you try jesting with love. YEARNING The sky blooms in flowers of fire at dusk and my heart cannot find any peace. Have I lost my way enchanted by Spring? Must yearning again claim my soul? Соmе to me, my love this dark garlanded night till the sun meets my joy I wait for you, till the dawn my eyes cannot sleep ROMEO’S MESSAGE Through deafening thunder a sorrowful crowd naive in their hope. The sound of raindrops like hands clapping in a dream. Only hours, painful minutes, and already her path in the past, the City so quickly forgetting her presence. Pointlessly cautious, meeting fate that day in a New York fog, the sighing dawn rarely reveals its sinners A guilded screen. Upon it a fatal flaw, A wound that cannot be healed. I send a note instead: Romeo’s message - “Forgive or forget... I await your reply.” Your footsteps MALVY IN YOUR EYES ON THE TRAMWAY STOP RED RUE You lost your way down forgotten paths to find that flower of hope, but search no more for that red rue, you entered my dreams, long ago— your nature, your beauty like elear running water blue mountain water running free.



Ivasyuk was born in Kitsman, Chernivtsi Oblast. His father Mykhaylo Ivasyuk was a well-known writer from Bukovyna. His mother Sofiya Ivasyuk, from the Zaporizhia Oblast by birth, was a teacher in a local school. He had two sisters, Halyna (b. 1944) and Oksana (b. 1960). As early as the age of five, Volodymyr began learning to play the violin at a music school. Later, he learnt to play the piano as well. In 1964 he created an ensemble - "Bukovyna" - in his school and wrote their first songs, the first of which was "Lullaby".

After Volodymyr had already graduated from secondary school, his family moved to the city of Chernivtsi where his father was offered a teaching position at the Bukovinian State Medical University. Volodymyr went on to study at the Lviv Medical Institute while he continued his musical career. He joined the "Karpaty Ensemble" at a local community centre and played the violin and offered his songs to be performed.

He became an overnight national sensation in the Soviet Union, after a public performance on 13 September 1970 of his compositions "Chervona Ruta" (Ukrainian for 'Red Rue') and "Vodohray" with Olena Kuznetsova. In 1971 his "Chervona Ruta", performed live in Moscow with Vasyliy Zinkevych and Nazary Yaremchuk, and won the Best Song of the Year award of the Soviet Union. His composition "Vodohray" won the best song award the next year as well. "Chervona Ruta", sung by Sofia Rotaru, was featured in the musical-film Chervona Ruta.

Ivasyuk moved to Lviv to formally study composition at the Lviv Conservatory of Music. Upon graduation from the medical institute, he worked as a doctor, and joined the post-graduate courses at the Department of Pathological Physiology to work for his next degree. In Lviv Volodymyr created the songs: "I am your wing", "Two rings", "Ballad about mallow", "Ballad about two violins". All these songs and other works of Ivasyuk were premiered by Rotaru.

On 18 May 1979 Ivasyuk was found hanged in a forest located on the outskirts of Lviv. The official cause of death was listed as suicide but the exact circumstances of his death remain unknown to this day. He is buried at Lychakivskiy Cemetery. Among his legacy was the first Soviet rock-opera, whose scenario and songs were specifically written for performance by Sofia Rotaru.[2][3] In 2009, President Victor Yushchenko awarded Ivasyuk the Hero of Ukraine medal posthumously.


There is a museum in Chernivtsi dedicated to preserving his memory and he has statues in Lviv and Kitsman.[4]

In 2015 former Nohinska street in Dnipropetrovsk was renamed to Volodymyr Ivasiuk street.


  1. ^ a b Свидетельство о смерти / Свідоцтво про смерть
  2. ^[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  4. ^ Events by themes: 60th anniversary from the day of birth of Vladimir Ivasyuk, UNIAN photo service (5 March 2009)

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