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Б​о​г​о​р​о​д​и​ц​я (Bogurodzica)

by Kings & Beggars

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With the beginning of the undisguised phase of Russia's war against Ukraine, our entire country has become the unified organism that fights the enemy. Ukrainians are doing everything possible to help the army,
and we, the musicians, do not stand aside either. We have recorded the song in support of our warriors, and all the money from its sales on the Internet (as well as all the money we get from the sales of our other releases) will be sent to relevant charitable foundations and volunteers.

We chose "Bogurodzica - The Holy Mother Of God", an ancient knights hymn which been sang before the battle by the Ruthenians (ancestors of modern Ukrainians and Belarusians) and Poles. Over time, the performance of the "Bogurodzica" became part of the coronation ceremony of the first Polish kings of the Jagiellonian dynasty. According to many studies, this anthem is of Ruthenian origin, but later it became heritage of Polish culture. The Cyrillic inscription of the text of the hymn is in the statute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania of 1529. In our rendition, the old version of the text sounds first, and in
in the second half you will hear the modern Ukrainian language to show the connection of generations of Ukrainian knights.

The cult of the Virgin Mary has been very popular since the times of the Kievan Rus, knjazes built temples in her honor,asked for her intercession before the battle, sang hymns to the Virgin before and after the battle. The first mention of this practice dates back to the end of the 11th century. The Cossacks considered the Virgin Mary their patron saint, and the day of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary was a great holiday for them. On this day in 1942, the UPA was created, which also defended our land against the Muscovites.

That is why this hymn is very relevant in our time. In 1410, this anthem was sung by the combined forces of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Russia and Samogitia
in the fight against a common enemy. Now we are very grateful to Poland for incredible support to our country, as well as those Belarusians who are fighting on our side and helping our army.
The day of our victory will be the day of your freedom!

This glorious anthem inspired the victories of the ancient knights, and we would like to inspire the knights of today. Glory to Ukraine!


released March 12, 2022
Arranged and performed by Kings & Beggars ensemble (Lviv, Ukraine):
Anna Vasylchenko - vocals, viella, Galician gaita, Lithuanian shawm
Marta Hovdysh - vocals, tenor recorder, hurdy-gurdy, pommer
Yevhen Hrynevych - recorder, raushpfeif
Max Kerner - bass citole
Artur Temchenko - medieval drum

Male voices:
Olexander Ratzyn
Nazar Onyshko
Maksym Shpynda
Taras Hrudovy
Taras Melnyk

Recorded, mixed and mastered - Max Kerner (MAX220 Studio), Lviv 2022

Mickhailo Skop - cover art


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Kings & Beggars Lviv, Ukraine

Ensemble plays European early and folk music, which was enjoyed by the noble people at the royal court and the simple people in the cities and villages – this where the name “Kings & Beggars” came out.

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