"...'Duma, a soliloquy' by Virko Baley is written in a vivid contemporary musical language. A work of original and deep reflections (based on) the motives of the Choral Concerto No. 3 of Artem Vedel, it s a profound contemplation of the life, creativity and tragic fate of that 18th century Ukrainian composer: In the concluding section there is an episode which expresses anger and terror, recreated by brass instruments (and) constructed on the mobile signals of Carpathian trembitas, with which the Hutzuls announce of the occurrence of death; it (in the Duma) becomes for the listener the dramatic summary of the life of (Vedel)."

 

— Kultura i Zhyttia (Culture and Life), Kiev, Ukraine

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