Artemy Vedel (1767–1808) was a Ukrainian-born Russian composer of
military and liturgical music. He made major contributions to the music
of Ukraine, producing works based on Ukrainian folk melodies, and is one
of the greatest composers of Ukrainian and Russian classical music of
his era. Born in Kyiv, he studied at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, after
which he was appointed its conductor. The army general Andrei Levanidov
acquired his services to lead Kyiv's regimental chapel and choir, where
he reached the peak of his creativity as a composer. He was then based
in Kharkiv but returned to Kyiv when cultural life was affected by Tsar
Paul I's decrees. He became a novice monk of the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra,
but was accused of threatening the royal family and incarcerated as a
mental patient. His work was censored while Ukraine was part of the
Soviet Union. More than 80 of his works are known, including 31 choral
concertos, but many of his compositions are lost.
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1. (also figuratively)
2. Armed or prepared for battle.
3. Of a place: occupied or surrounded by armed troops.
4. Of a place: strengthened so as to withstand attacks; fortified.
5. (figuratively) Subject to or troubled by attacks, controversy, or
6. (architecture) Of a fortress or other building, a wall, etc.: having
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
Ще не вмерла України і слава, і воля,
Ще нам, браття молодії, усміхнеться
доля. Згинуть наші воріженьки, як роса
на сонці. Запануєм і ми, браття, у своїй
сторонці. The glory of Ukraine has not yet perished, nor the
will. Still upon us, young brothers, fate shall smile. Our enemies
shall vanish, like dew in the sun. We too shall rule, brothers, our
--State Anthem of Ukraine
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