Guitar activity of Ukrainian physician Mykhailo Polupaienko

  • Viktor Palamarchuk postgraduate student, Ivan Franko Lviv National University, Lviv (Ukraine)
Keywords: guitar technique, history of the guitar, Ukrainian guitar school, Russian guitar, Mykhailo Polupaienko, Mikhail Polupayenko, Johann Decker-Schenk.


Ukrainian guitarist Mykhailo Polupaienko's persona is investigated in
order to make creative profile of this musician. To achieve the objective was
collected biographical data, repertoire and composers portfolio, information
about connections of the guitarist with other musicians. Contemporary guitar
handbooks and photos of the musician and his colleagues were also subjects
of investigation in order to figure out features of his guitar techniques.
Hypothesis about dr. Polupaienko's fingering principles were proposed,
along with definition of general stylistic direction of his repertoire. Lot of
attention were put to design peculiarities of his guitar, analyzed hypothesis
about origin of the instrument and luthier identity. It is proven based on
collected data that dr. Polupaienko belongs to school of J. Decker-Schenk,
Petersburg's guitarist of Austrian origin. Specific features of guitar technique of J. Decker-Schenk's school and it's representative dr. Polupaienko are
discovered. It is perspective to further investigate pieces and arrangements by
dr. Polupaienko as it will help to detect features and peculiarities of his
composing approach.


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How to Cite
Palamarchuk, V. (2019). Guitar activity of Ukrainian physician Mykhailo Polupaienko. Scientific Collections of the Lviv National Music Academy Named After MV Lysenko, (44), 130-142. Retrieved from
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