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The Phantasy is based on my opera Interrupted Letter, the main character of which is the Ukrainian poet and painter Taras Shevchenko. Late 1840s, Shevchenko serves his exile in a remote Russian province for participation in a secret political association. The Tsar strictly prohibited him to write and paint. Nevertheless, hiding from being seen, the poet creates new poems full of the reminiscences of Ukraine, its dramatic history and miserable status of the Ukrainian people. The reality of soldier's drill interrupts the poet's dreaming.
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© 2014 by Alexander Shchetynsky