Shamo, Ihor

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Shamo, Ihor [Шамо, Ігор; Šamo], b 21 February 1925 in Kyiv, d 16 August 1982 in Kyiv. Composer. He studied composition with Borys Liatoshynsky and graduated from the Kyiv Conservatory in 1951. His works include the cantatas Duma pro tr'okh vitriv (Duma about Three Winds, 1948) and Spiva Ukraïna (Ukraine Is Singing, 1961); 3 symphonies (1964, 1967, 1975); concertos for flute with orchestra; folk-opera Yatrans'ki ihry (Yatran Games); chamber pieces; film scores; and more than 300 solo songs, including art songs and popular songs, such as ‘Kyieve mii’ (My Kyiv), ‘Ne shumy kalynon’ko’ (Don't Rustle, Vibernum), and ‘Try porady’ (Three Admonitions). He has a lyrical style and is best known for his popular songs.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 5 (1993).]

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