Lavrivsky, Ivan A.

Lavrivsky, Ivan A. [Лаврівський, Іван; Lavrivs'kyj], b 10 September 1823 in Lopinka, Lemko region, d 24 May 1873 in Kholm. Composer and priest. Having developed his musical skills while studying in Peremyshl, he became conductor of the cathedral choir there. His original compositions were comparable in style to those of Mykhailo Verbytsky and constitute part of the ‘Peremyshl school’ that stood at the heart of Ukrainian musical development during the mid-19th century. Lavrivsky later moved to Cracow (1854–63) and Lviv (1863–6) before being appointed professor and vice-rector of the theological seminary in Kholm. His choral works include both religious and secular compositions such as ‘Autumn,’ ‘Zaspivai my, soloviiu’ (Sing for Me, Nightingale), ‘Richen'ka’ (The Streamlet), as well as the popular operettas Oman ochei (A Wile of the Eyes), Roksoliana, and Pan Dovhonos (Mister Long Nose).

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 3 (1993).]

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