Ovcharenko, Halyna (Ivanovna)
- Nina Sergeyevna Shurova
(b Novodruzhevka settlement, Lugansk province, July 9, 1963). Ukrainian composer. A graduate of Ishchenko's class at the Kiev Conservatory (1987), she taught at the Lysenko Middle School (1990–93) before lecturing at the pedagogical institute in Sumy. She is a laureate of the Kiev Festival competition (1992 and 1995) and of the Leontovych Prize (1992). The main trend in her work is determined by rural folklore (she has sung in and directed folk ensembles) and folk music forms the basis of all of her compositions. In her attempts to breathe symphonic life into folksong, she has encountered the problem of amalgamating folk sources and frequently complex contemporary techniques. She is especially attracted to choral cycles; Chumats′ki pisni (‘Songs of the Oxcart Drivers’) is based on seasonal texts and games, while the more recent Opalyonnaya mal′va (‘The Sun-Scorched Mallow’) deals with the Chernobyl tragedy. In ...