Reception of apocryphal sources in poetic texts of Ukrainian Baroque carols: Issue of the source study and textology (based on selected manuscripts of the last third of the 17th to late of the 18th centuries and the Pochaiv “Bohohlasnyk”)
The article deals with the research of the reception of ancient apocryphal texts and legends in Ukrainian spiritual songs of the Baroque era. The author has carried out a source-study and textual analysis of the selected Christmas carols from ‘Book of Chants’. This ancient book, which was compiled by the Greek-Catholic Basilian Fathers in the Holy Dormition Lavra in Pochaiv, is a unique Ukrainian anthology of the spiritual music works of the 17th-18th centuries. The apocrypha were an important source of themes of Ukrainian spiritual songs. Ivan Franko, Vladimir Perets, Mykhailo Vozniak, Sofia Shchehlova conducted the first studies of the influence of apocrypha on the texts of spiritual songs. However, in the 1920s the process of studying of this issue stopped. Today, it is possible to carry out a comprehensive source and textual study of the reception of apocryphal in spiritual songs, thanks to the collected database of texts of spiritual songs and to a large number of published texts and their variations. In this article, an attempt has been made to analyse several texts of famous Ukrainian spiritual songs of the second half of the 17th century, which were recorded in the songbooks of the 18th century and published in ‘Book of Chants’. The songbook manuscripts show the widespread popularity of the songs: from Galicia (Halychyna, Western Ukraine) to Belarus, Moscovia / Russia, eastern Slovakia and northeast Poland.
Ľvivskij nacionaľnyj universytet imeni Ivana Franka, vul. Valova 18, 79000 Ľviv, Ukraine
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