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Does this musical piece have connections to Wolyn/Volyn?

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Does this musical piece have connections to Wolyn/Volyn?

Posted: 26 Mar 2013 5:26PM GMT
Classification: Query
A choir I sing with is doing a song which I believe has some sort of connection to Volyn. The Shostakovich piece is called Венули Ветры - V'enul'i v'etry which I think means "Blew the Winds"

Here's a YouTube recording from a choral festival in Moscow:

When I questioned our director about the song, he responded

"I was researching a bit about the Volyn province. There is obviously no sea there, but one interesting large lake -- Lake Svityaz. Maybe this body of water became a sea in folklore (it's very large -- apparently one can't see the other side...)"

I would love to know if the song (please listen to it on youtube at and see if you think it has any connections to Volyn.

Thank you!

Ric Rupnik

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