Maxim Shalygin

composer | conductor | visual artist

Title: Drop after drop
Instrumentation: for string quartet  
Year: 2022
Duration: 7’
First performer: 
Premiere: 2022

Commissioner: Festivals for Compassion, an initiative by Wonderfeel Festival

Buy Score: Donemus 


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Program note

Maxim Shalygin: "Since the first day of the war in Ukraine, a terrible pain has settled inside me. Every time I close my eyes, I want to wake up from this terrible dream...but alas, it is not a dream. 'Drop after drop' is a kind of an ingot of that pain and memories of my childhood, when my relatives were telling me about the war years and sung wartime songs. I hear those songs inside me again and I wish they would stop..." 

Drop after drop by the Ukrainian-Dutch composer Maxim Shalygin is commissioned by and specially composed for Festivals for Compassion, an initiative by Wonderfeel Festival.

Festivals throughout Europe and beyond stand united in their condemnation of war and call for peace. By sharing Shalygin’s new string quartet festivals want to express their support and solidarity with their Ukrainian colleagues, artists, and all those who are suffering in this senseless war. Drop after drop will travel from festival to festival, and will be shared online as an ode to compassion and an act of solidarity in these dark times.

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KvN and Maxim Shalygin

Сoncert season 2023 

Concert program "drop after drop"
works by Valentin Silvestrov, Sviatoslav Lunyov, and Maxim Shalygin

Organisers: Kamerorkest Van Het Noorden & Maxim Shalygin with the financial support of Fonds Podiumkunsten and Nederlands Letterenfonds.
Performers: Kamerorkest Van Het Noorden, singer Maryana Golovchenko & conductor Maxim Shalygin


"drop after drop" was composed in 2022, shortly after the Russian military invasion of Ukraine,  at the request of the Festivals for Compassion. In different arrangements, it was performed at the halls and festivals worldwide, as a symbol of solidarity and compassion. 
This piece became the first drop for the next drop, the eponymous program. The twenty string players of the ensemble, singer Maryana Golovchenko, and conductor Maxim Shalygin dedicate it to the Ukrainian victims of the military invasion by Russia. The program includes works by three Ukrainian composers: Valentin Silvestrov (1937, Kyiv), Sviatoslav Lunyov (1964, Kyiv) and Maxim Shalygin (1985, Kamianske, formerly Dniprodzerzhynsk). Maryana Golovchenko sings intermezzi as a commentary between the pieces. She symbolizes the voice of the past, present, and future.
The program lasts one hour and is performed in one piece without applause between works. The concert has an impressive design. In the semi-darkness, where possible with candlelight, the musicians and the audience commemorate the innocent victims of the cruel and pointless war. The program is emotionally intense but immerses the listener in an ever-deeper meditation.