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Mykola Leontovych

 Mykola Leontovych is the Ukrainian composer known in the Anglo-American world by his Christmas song "Carol of the Bells" (which is Ukrainian folk song "Shchedryk", composed in 1916). His music was inspired by Ukrainian national music school and by works of another famous Ukrainian composer Mykola Lysenko. The life of Mykola Leontovych is connected with the town of Kamianets-Podilskyi, where he was studying theology at the seminary. The interesting fact from Leontovych life is that he moved to Donbas at Eastern Ukraine, where during the Russian Revolution of 1905, organized a choir of workers performing with them Ukrainian, Jewish, Armenian, Russian, and Polish folk songs. Due to his activities, in 1908 he was forced by local authorities to move back to his native Podillia. Being only 44 years old, Leontovych was murdered by a Soviet agent in 1921.