"Ukrainian culture has always been my first consideration…": Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Shchepotiev Cover Image

"Я перш за все думав про українську культуру…": Володимир Олександрович Щепотьєв
"Ukrainian culture has always been my first consideration…": Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Shchepotiev

Author(s): Lyudmila Babenko
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Education, Customs / Folklore, Music, Local History / Microhistory, Recent History (1900 till today), Ukrainian Literature
Published by: Національна академія керівних кадрів культури і мистецтв
Keywords: Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Shchepotiev; Poltava; Poltava Institute of Folk Education; Poltava scientific society; culture; political repression;

Summary/Abstract: The article reveals the lifespan and professional activity of a well-known poltavian, professor VolodymyrShchepotiev. He is highly acknowledged in history as a talented pedagogue, who experienced the growth from a teacher of the Ukrainian literature to the professor, rector of Poltava institution of Folk Education. Being a person with encyclopedic knowledge, as well as being keen on the history of the Ukrainian language and folklore V. O. Shchepotiev applied the folklore patterns and samples in his work. V. O. Shchepotiev was a talented scholar, researcher, and organizer of scientific lifestyle of the region. He wasthe first who initiated establishing of Poltava scientific society, was on good terms with Ukrainian Academy of Science in Kiev, as well as with scientific establishments in Kharkiv. He was the one who organized and subsequently maintained the regional archive while systematizing documents and ordering personal archives. Professor initiated the onset of local history investigations. He personally headed the department of folklore and language in regional museum and at that time he developed the structures of expositions, and systematized the museum collections. He would numerously visited the villages of Poltava to discover historical and cultural as well as ethnographical items and to convert them into museum display objects. V. O. Shchepotiev played an extremely significant role in establishing and developing the theatre and music arts in Poltava region. He was in charge of one of the part of Poltava drama theatre and was one of the talented stage director. He gave his educational lectures to people before the concert programs of the choir "Boyan" which were devoted to folklore and local history. The contemporaries would estimate V. O. Shchepotiev’s music talent, who wrote music compositions, played different music instruments. He, ultimately, was the first who started the scientific investigation of M.V. Lysenko’s biography and creative heritage. The translations of poetry and prose from French, Polish, in particular the poetry by Beranger, libretto for several operas composed an integral part of his literary heritage. His creative and scientific activity was broken down with political repression of the power of the Soviet Union. He was arrested and convicted to administrative exile according to a trial case of SVU and afterwards he was shot away in 1937.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 16-23
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Ukrainian