The Music of Lubomyr Melnyk

Through 2016, I’ve been slowly discovering the music of Lubomyr Melnyk on Accuradio, my favourite online radio source (free), via their solo piano channels. Melnyk is a German born Canadian composer of Ukrainian origin who plays “continuous music” on solo piano (mostly). A link to the term in the previous sentence will explain what it is to you technically, by Melnyk himself, as I’m not nearly qualified enough as a musician to explain it. All I know is I LOVE it! It reminds me of Phillip Glass’ music (Glassworks), though I don’t know if the two were that much similar. They just sound similar to me, and similarly great!

It is a constantly gentle rolling of piano notes with a transcendental feeling that draws me to Melnyk’s continuous music. You can certainly hear and “get” why it is called continuous music, even if you don’t understand the technicalities of it, when you listen to it. But I don’t think you need to understand it to enjoy it and appreciate it. It’s just that good! I’m also drawn to Melnyk’s music because it really feels like how my mind churns through thoughts and deliberations. I love thinking and writing to this music and style! A few sample tracks videos are below, attached to my Lubomyr Melnyk YouTube playlist, ending with a few of Melnyk talking about his continuous music and style, and what it means to him. If you like the music and want to hear more, you can let the videos play through the YouTube play list and/or search for more yourself.

Enjoy!

 

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