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This is the first song in my three song trilogy about the Turkish invasions of Ukraine.
This piece sets the backdrop of a proud nation with high aspirations for their future and a hint at what is to come.
Hear the huge Dnieper River roar, the tall mountains, and the thick forests of the Ukrainian landscape.
Listen as the Ukrainian peoples hopes, dreams, and aspirations come to reality in this epic and grand piece.
Little do they know, they have invaders from the south crossing the Black Sea with plans to kidnap and enslave them.
To find out more, check out the 2nd song in the trilogy, entitled "Invaders From the South."
I hope you enjoy and leave suggestions.

***MORE TWISTED HISTORY***

The word “Ukraine” or “Ukrayina” has an ancient slavic meaning of “Borderland” and has been actually a no man’s land for some time between the forest tribes of slavs and the western people (the polish, the lithuanians, and others).
Another interesting fact is that the first capital of slavic civilization was Kiev (or Kyiv as it is now, again, called).
So it is rather true to say that Ukraine as we know today is the birthplace of the Slavs, even though their capitals have moved up north gradually to Moscow and then to St. Petersburg and now back to Moscow again.
As the mighty Tzars directed their eyes to the arctic emptiness of Siberia (maybe they have prophesied the riches lying underneath) and the dusty steppes of Central Asia, a group of people found their way to the vast lands between the Russian forests up north and the Black Sea down south.
They would rush to these fertile lands (which is called Chernozem, black earth) and live a life not dissimilar to those in the Wild West.
These rural nomadic warriors were called “Cossacks”.
Although being farmers, those guys were well fed and well educated fighters with a bit of vodka to light up the mortal spirits, so they became the slavic cowboys and formed a roaming posse that took more than 3 centuries to suppress.
They resisted invaders by not shaving off their signature ponytails and by not paying homage to an authority other than a "Hetman", a leader of a Cossack community.
The Ukrainian Cossacks formed colonies through the mighty Dnieper River that ran through the black earth and developed a unique dialect of Russian.
In 1621 a big battle against the Turks took place on the South side of the Dnister River near Khotyn with participation of 40,000 Cossacks and 35,000 Polish soldiers. It ended with the retreat of the Turkish army.
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Uploaded: Apr 17, 2008 - 03:15:51 AM
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magnatone said 3412 days ago (April 17th, 2008)
Anthem
This is BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations on this incredible work!
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Dragonas said 3412 days ago (April 17th, 2008)
Thanks Karen
A very nice complement from an incredibly talented artist.
If you have any compositional suggestions, I'm all ears.
Check out my latest song called Dragonian - Part I (1 of 6)
Feter said 3412 days ago (April 17th, 2008)
Anthem
this is Giant and realy deep images .sorrow with
rethymic beats .I realy enjoyed reading the historical
discreption.very thankful for these infos and great
music ..loved the gutiar mix with the choir ..Kudos!
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Dragonas said 3411 days ago (April 18th, 2008)
Thanks Feter
It's always an honor to get feedback from you.
Cheers!
Check out my latest song called Dragonian - Part I (1 of 6)
mowguy3 said 3412 days ago (April 17th, 2008)
Anthem
I was reading your description while listening the first time. Kind of felt like I was there. A calming but cautious work, very enjoyable. Great job.

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Dragonas said 3411 days ago (April 18th, 2008)
Hey Mowguy
So glad you stopped by to listen.
I also see you are a fellow Fender Strat man.
Nice!
Check out my latest song called Dragonian - Part I (1 of 6)
LunaTrick said 3412 days ago (April 17th, 2008)
Inventive!
Reminds me a bit of Nurse with Wound from way back. I love this cross-genre stuff - film producers should start eating it up!
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Dragonas said 3411 days ago (April 18th, 2008)
Hey Luna
Nurse with Wound?
I remember the name, but I can remember the sound.
I will have to go check them out ASAP!
I'm always looking for cool underground music.
Message me with any obscure stuff I should listen to.
Peace!
Check out my latest song called Dragonian - Part I (1 of 6)
8piscean8 said 3412 days ago (April 18th, 2008)
Grandiose
Very nice. Excellent composition and use of sounds and textures. What are you using for the choir and marching snare sounds?

Thanks for the description also. This is very cinematic indeed. Well done!
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Dragonas said 3411 days ago (April 18th, 2008)
Going for Grandness
Thanks for the kind words!
The snares are from the World Music Jam Pack for GarageBand.
The Choirs are my little secret...
well I'll tell ya if you message me sometime.
Mu-hah-hah-hah ;-)
Check out my latest song called Dragonian - Part I (1 of 6)
8piscean8 said 3410 days ago (April 19th, 2008)
Nice
I don't need any choir sounds at the moment so I'll let you keep your secret to yourself! Thanks for sharing what the snare sound was though. Once again this was a really great production!
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Dragonas said 3410 days ago (April 19th, 2008)
Oh well
Oh well that's no fun.
I was hoping you would beg. ;-)
Only kidding, the choir and voices are from East West/Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs.
Retails for about $600, but it was the most real sounding that I could find.
It might be hard to differentiate the voices, but this song has a full Choir (SATB) and a Soprano soloist and Tenor soloist that duet.
(It's worth a 2nd listen to pick apart the voices)


Check out my latest song called Dragonian - Part I (1 of 6)
8piscean8 said 3410 days ago (April 19th, 2008)
Where's Waldo
I noticed several variations the first time around but will have to listen again.
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said 3405 days ago (April 24th, 2008)
Wow!
Well done Dragonas! And what a theme you have chosen...

The poor Ukrainians. First the Turks. Then Joseph Stalin. They've really been through hell. We hear a lot the holocaust, but worse has happened to peoples like the Ukrainians and the Armenians...but so few seem to care. (The last time I posted a comment some poor fool called it a "rant.")

This is powerful. Mix is pretty damn nice too friend. I look forward to hearing the entire work!

Be well!
Dragonas said 3405 days ago (April 24th, 2008)
Yeah
The Ukrainian have had an especially rough history because they are situated on such a valuable piece of land with rich natural resources.
But they say that hard times make great music, so it seems natural for me to be drawn towards Ukraine for inspiration.
Thanks, and You can come RANT with me anytime!! :-)

Check out my latest song called Dragonian - Part I (1 of 6)
Diviner said 3405 days ago (April 24th, 2008)
Very good Dragonas
I liked this much, its very anthemic with som many instruments and choirs. This has been very well composed. Well done, very nice. Look forward to hearing the next two parts.

P.s. As I was writing this, there was an advert for holidays in Ukraine. how weird is that? Very coincedential
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ageofthedeathtree said 3405 days ago (April 24th, 2008)
very interesting...
and very good! love the mixture of styles and moods. excellent composition and production. truly an epic track...and it has a story behind it, i love that! great work, can't wait to hear the others!

age
-sons of hypnos
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said 3404 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
Great!
This is really epic. The guitar sound is very nice but the whole work sounds great.... KUDOS man! This is a great gem!

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
Dragonas said 3404 days ago (April 26th, 2008)
The Birdman!
So glad to hear from the Birdman Wayne.
Kudos to you!



Check out my latest song called Dragonian - Part I (1 of 6)
rsorensen said 3390 days ago (May 9th, 2008)
anthem
nice job on this. cool idea for a trilogy too. well done.
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said 3380 days ago (May 20th, 2008)
Anthem.


This is incredible. love the sound and the production is spot on to my two ears. Wonderful peice of music. Just reminds me of watching one of those Epic films on TV with Ule ? Brinner that's him on the pic is it not ?

Peace Dee.
Dragonas said 3379 days ago (May 20th, 2008)
Thank You
Thank you so much Dee.
Yes it is!
If you really liked this piece, you might also enjoy "invaders From the South."
Check out my latest song called Dragonian - Part I (1 of 6)
Roxylee said 3379 days ago (May 20th, 2008)
This is amazing..
all these sounds and textures,the richness of instruments with chorus. Thank you for the history behind this- it made me feel the impact of the story. Amazing composition!
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Dragonas said 3379 days ago (May 20th, 2008)
RoxyLee
Thanks for mentioning all of the textures, the richness of instruments with the chorus.
I know it is very hard to hear, but there is actually a Soprano and a Tenor doing a duet over the chorus. (The 2 main voices).
I hope to eventually record a real choir and real soloists on this piece.
Check out my latest song called Dragonian - Part I (1 of 6)
guygrooves said 3335 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
Thanks for the
history lesson very interesting. The track is very interesting as well. You are one talented fellow. I am floored by the production value in your work as well as the intricacies within the pieces themselves. You are exceptional and MJ is lucky to have such a talent among us.
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Dragonas said 3312 days ago (July 26th, 2008)
Aw shucks
*Blush*
kind words spoken from a very talented artist.
Thanks.
Check out my latest song called Dragonian - Part I (1 of 6)
Char said 2298 days ago (May 6th, 2011)
Wow!
You did a great job. Thank you for the description. Those voices are wonderful. Thanks.
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Outtaorbit said 2298 days ago (May 6th, 2011)
Backward Cossack's
Now thats a show.
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