Portraits of Richka
Composed by Peter Senchuk
For flute and piano
Published by Forest Glade Music
Duration: ca. 14 minutes
Includes score and flute part
1. Sopilka's Song – Between Two Mountains
2. Vesillya (Wedding Celebration)
3. Litya (Memorial)
4. Arkan (Hutsul Dance)
Portraits of Richka is a musical homage to the village of Richka, which is located in the Carpathian Mountains in Western Ukraine. This is where my father's family has lived for generations and where I visited them in 2006.
The piece is a programmatic suite that draws on different places, events and musical traditions from the village and region for each movement. Some traditional folk melodies are used along with characteristic ornamentations used by Ukrainian musicians who play sopilka, the traditioal Ukrainian flute.
Portraits of Richka was commissioned in 2017 by Pam Youngblood. It was premiered by Pam Youngblood – flute, and Gabirel Bita – piano, at the 2017 National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis, MN.
— Peter Senchuk