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Album Review: The Ukrainian National Anthem (single)
Robin Spielberg
Cover image of the album The Ukrainian National Anthem (single) by Robin Spielberg
The Ukrainian National Anthem (single)
Robin Spielberg
2022 / playMountain Music
4 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
"The Ukrainian National Anthem" single is a solo piano arrangement by Robin Spielberg. Robin explains it best:

"Last week, after my piano was tuned, I sat down and learned the Ukrainian National Anthem. A large part of my family is from eastern Europe and I have visited The Ukraine——I wanted to arrange the song as a prayer. That evening, we recorded it. My 'new' piano (1896 Victorian Steinway) is just splendid. Gerry at the mastering house had the track mastered within a few days. My distributor fast-tracked the release when I told them I was donating proceeds from the digital song and sheet music sales to UnitedHelpUkraine. Unbelievable. Today, Sherry Finzer told me she would donate her promotional services for the track. I am just floored by this generosity."

The Anthem begins very softly and gently in the upper end of the piano keyboard and is, indeed, very prayer-like. Robin obviously put her heart into this, as it touches very deeply - especially when thinking about what is happening in Ukraine as I write this in my cozy office. When the melody repeats a little bit past the mid-point of the recording, "it builds to a more triumphant feeling to reflect the resiliency and determination of the Ukrainian people." (again quoting Robin.)

What a wonderful gift this music is to the Ukrainian people in their time of need! Many thanks to Robin for donating her sales and to everyone involved in getting the word out as quickly as possible (including Cedar House Sound and Mastering for donating their services!)! Streaming links are available next to the review on this page and sheet music is also available.
March 18, 2022
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