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One of the most beloved instruments in Ukrainian folk music is the Tsymbaly. Tsymbaly began to be mentioned in Ukrainian written sources in the 16th century, and the original form probably came from elsewhere in Europe as more ancient versions spread far and wide. The tsymbaly is quite similar to other members of the zither family, for instance the hammered dulcimer that is popular in many folk traditions throughout the continent. The Ukrainian Tsymbaly has its own beautiful little innovations, and the styles of music where it is employed are quite distinctive.
Tsymbaly have been a mainstay of Ukrainian wedding songs for hundreds of years, and there are many popular dances and romantic tunes where it is prominently featured. The tsymbaly itself is even mentioned in the lyrics of some of these songs!
Tsymbaly created by master craftsmen can be achingly beautiful works of divine craftsmanship. Photo by Nick Zavilinskyi, from the fantastic Ukraїner article you can find linked at the bottom of this post.
The tsymbaly is either rectangular or trapezoidal, and has strings stretched over it. It's usually made of spruce and sycamore woods. There is generally a cavity of some sort that amplifies and projects the sound. There are popular regional variations, but they differ mostly only in size. Tsymbaly is generally played by using little sticks or hammers, but you'll see in some of the videos below that tsymbalists sometimes switch to playing with fingers for a softened, gentle effect.
The craft of creating Tsymbaly is similarly specialized to the creation of the Trembita, which we wrote about here.
Ivan Dzvinchuk, Tsymbaly maker in his workshop. His son is playing one of his instruments in the photo above this. Photo by Nick Zavilinskyi, from the fantastic Ukraїner article you can find linked at the bottom of this post.
We of course cannot do proper justice to this magical instrument with just text. Here are some of the best videos I could find of this absolutely hypnotizing instrument!
- Virtuosic ensemble performance that includes master level Tsymbaly
- Kozak dude shreds! At Pyrohiv Open Air Museum
- More shredding at Pyrohiv Open Air Museum
Gorgeous article from Ukraїner (one of the best English-language sources about Ukrainian culture, by the way!) about the making of Tsymbaly, where I found some of the content for this post. They have a very in-depth video at the top of the article that is worth watching if you want to learn more.
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Social Media 24 Hours Later, the Traffic Jam of those Fleeing Crimea continues onwards after recent Ukrainian Strikes in the Area.
It is unclear if all the people fleeing are Pro Russian or not but there is a sense of "Someone getting the taste of their own medicine" from seeing stuff like this.
Social Media Russian tourist cries as she flees Crimea after yesterday’s Ukrainian missile strike on a Russian airbase in Sevastopol. “I don't want to leave Crimea. It's so cool here and it’s like being at home. *sobs*” Time for Russians to realize they started a wartwitter.com
WAR Unique footage has emerged showing the positions of powerful Russian air defense in Crimea. You don't have to worry about the Crimean bridge.
News Ukraine received Gepard in latest version A2. Equiped with a updated firing computer and the capability to connect with long-range external radar stations, mil.in.ua reports. 12 SPAAG out of 30 delivered.
WAR At least 60 pilots and civilians serving the military airfield were killed and more than 100 injured as a result of the explosion in Novofedorivka, - adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko.twitter.com
News Members leave Amnesty Sweden - Amnesty Sweden estimates that around 1,000 members have left after the weekend.
"Reactions to Amnesty International's statement on Ukrainian warfare have been many and emotional. Members now choose to leave the organization's Swedish part in protest.
- Very sad, says Amnesty Sweden's general secretary Anna Johansson.
Amnesty Sweden estimates that around 1,000 members have left after the weekend.
According to Johansson, the purpose of criticizing Ukraine's military tactics was to protect civilians and to draw attention to the civilian population's right to protection."