The "prehistory" of the Ukrainian national anthem

Label of early Columbia recording of "Shche ne vmerla Ukraina"

The song that would eventually become the Ukrainian national anthem was written in the 1860s, first recorded in the 1910s, but would not be formally adopted until 1992. Listen to some of the earliest recordings of the melody that has inspired the Ukrainian national revival movement for more than 150 years.


This content was made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.