Mariia Boyko (artist)
Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy, Ukraine
Fantaisie F minor op.49 (piano), F. Chopin
Mariia Boyko was born in Ukraine in 1996. In 2015 she graduated from Ternopil Music College after S. Krushelnytska (class teacher – Nataliya Kravchuk). In 2019 she received a bachelor's degree in Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy (class of Associate Professor, Honored artist of Ukraine Myroslav Dragan). Now she continues her studies in Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy and will receive a master 's degree in 2021.
Mariia Boyko is a laureate and diploma winner of all-Ukrainian and international competitions (among them - All-Ukrainian instrumental competition "ProArt" - Ukraine, 2016; All-Ukrainian competition named after O. Kryshtalsky - Ukraine, 2017; International competition "Art of the 21st century" - Ukraine, 2018).
She is a regular participant of internal competitions and festivals of Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Aademy, timed to the anniversaries of prominent composers, including Victor Kosenko and Boris Lyatoshynsky (2015), Ferenz Liszt (2016), Mykola Kolessa (2017), Johannes Brahms, Vasyl Barvinsky and Myroslav Skoryk (2018), Stanislav Lyudkevych, Viktor Kosenko and Borys Lyatoshynsky (2020).
As an accompanist she has participated in many competitions and festivals (among Wassyl Slipak Young Vocalist Competition – Ukraine, 2019). Now she works as an accompanist in Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy and in Lviv College of Culture and Arts.
Today I finished the Fantasy - and the sky is beautiful, a sadness in my heart - but that's alright. If it were otherwise, perhaps my existence would be worth nothing to anyone. Let's hide until death has passed.(Chopin)
The Fantasy in F minor was completed and published in 1841. Through its narrative it insistently draws the listener into an expansive musical tale. But can we answer the question as to what this tale is about? In the interpretations of many commentators we find the conviction that Chopin's work might be an echo of improvisations on national themes (as is indicated by some of the Fantasy's melodic strands).
So the F minor Fantasy would contain a distinctive patriotic message, leading from the elegiac tone at the beginning of the work to the triumphant accents in its closing climax.
Assessments of this work teem with superlatives: ‘one of the highest expressions of the composer’s genius’ (Ashton Johnson), ‘one of the most magnificent works in the piano literature’ (Ludwik Bronarski), a work that should be played ‘only by really great pianists’ (John F. Porte).
So, I hope you will like this masterpiece in my interpretation. Enjoy!