« 2021. # 5 (161)

The Ethnology Notebooks. 2021. № 5 (161), 1184—1193

UDK 787.1(477.52)”19″

DOI https://doi.org/10.15407/nz2021.05.1184



  • ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5892-3129
  • PhD student of Sumy State University,
  • Head of the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Sumy Regional Scientific and Methodological Center of Culture and Arts
  • 49, Petropavlivska St., 40000, Sumy, Ukraine,
  • Contacts: e-mail: viktoriavangogh@gmail.com

Abstract. The purpose of the article. Local centers of folk violin music in the Sumy region have not been studied and covered in scientific publications yet. The purpose of the article is the outlining of the features of traditional violin music in Nedryhayliv and the surrounding area in the middle — second half of the twentieth century. Methodology. The research area includes the territory of Nedryhaylivshchyna (until 2021 it was a separate administrative district, now it`s a part of the Romensky district of the Sumy region). The methodology of the research is based on the method of field research (the data for the research were collected by interviewing violinists and other musicians, as well as old-timers of the villages of Nedryhayliv, Vilshana, Sakunykha, Zasullya, and Biloyarske). Methods of analysis and generalization were applied at the stage of processing expedition materials. Scientific novelty. Results of expeditions to the local center of violin tradition in the Sumy region have been introduced into scientific circulation.

Conclusions. In the middle — second half of the twentieth century in the Nedryhayliv region the violin was used both in the traditional trinity combination (two violins and a tambourine) and in combination with other instruments such as tambourine («bubon»), flute («sopilka»), harmonica («harmoshka»), balalaika which existed simultaneously in the research area. It was found that in the middle of the twentieth century, violin musicians took part in the holidays of the family-ritual cycle (baptism, wedding) and in special local forms of youth leisure («gryshche», «vesnyanka»). The specifics of local violin performance involve the use of typical techniques of the game. The traditional repertoire of violinists consisted mainly of Ukrainian dances and a small number of adopted dances. The way of mastering violin tradition by younger violinists was to master the game on their own by concentrating on frequent listening to the game of older violinists.

Keywords: violin music performance, wedding, «gryshche», «vesnyanka», musicians, violinist, Nedryhayliv.

Received 9.08.2021


  • Pirko, O., & Hurzhii, O. (1991). Description of the Kharkiv governorate of the end of the XVIII century. Kyiv: Naukova dumka [in Ukrainian].
  • Arandarenko, N. (1849). Notes about the Poltava province, complied in 1846 (Part II). Lviv [in Russian].
  • Sumtsov, M. (1918). Residents of the Slobozhanshchyna. Kharkiv: Soyuz [in Ukrainian].
  • (1858). Life of a Ukrainian peasant (mainly in the Poltava province). Ethnographic digest (Issue 3, pp. 19—46). St. Petersburg [in Russian].
  • Hrinchenko, B. (1895). Ethnographic materials collected in Chernigov province and neighboring provinces (Issue 1). Chernihiv [in Ukrainian].


Our authors
Boikos’ pandemonium: categories of evil deceased
In the article have been presented some research-work on peculiarities of Boikos’ traditional demonological notions as for so-called evil deceased; on the basis of field records and ethnological literary sources quite a number of scum categories have been defined as well as essential habits, modes of behavior and functions of these personages of people’s demonology.
Read »

Wax candle as ukrainian Christmas and epiphany ritualistic text
For the first time in native ethnology the article has brought some results of special study in sign functionality of a wax candle under the context of Ukrainian Christmas and Epiphany ritualistic text (ritualism of Christmas Eve, New Year, Epiphany Eve and Feast of Epiphany). The study has stated extremely high semiotic position of a wax candle as projection of Sun, mediator between the spheres of sacral and prophane elements, symbolic analogue of human existence, apotropy, cultural symbol re-establishing borders of acculturated space.
Read »

On field exploration of russian and belarusian ethnologists and etnolinguists in Ukrainian Polisia 1945—1980s
In the study based on a wide range of literary materials have been comprehensively characterised field research in Polisia of Ukraine, performed by Russian and Belarusian ethnologists during 1945—1980s as well as Moscow ethnolinguists and other researchers from ethnologic centres of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus in the course of realization of Ethnolinguistic Atlas of Polisia program. Particular attention has been paid to geography, methods, themes and research results of scientific projects.
Read »

Traditional folk clothes of velikobychkovsky hutsuly of XIX — the first half of XX century
In the study based upon numerous field materials, literature sources as well as ethnographic, historio-cultural and regional museum collections has been performed complex analysis in traditional folk clothes by Hutzul population of Velyky Bychkiv village in Transcarpathian region. Detailed descriptions of femi­nine and masculine clothing complexes of the mentioned area have been presented. In characterizing of those main attention has been paid to the detail of cut in separate components of dress; cut of feminine shirt has been added as an illustration.
Read »