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Dark Eyes
"Dark Eyes" (Ukrainian: «Очи чёрные», Ochi chyornye; transl. "Black Eyes") is probably the most famous Ukrainian romance song.

The lyrics were written by the Ukrainian poet and writer Yevhen Hrebinka. The first publication of the poem was in Hrebinka's own Russian translation in Literaturnaya Gazeta on 17 January 1843.

In The Book of World-famous Music: Classical, Popular, and Folk, published in 2000, the author, J. Fuld, mentions that a Soviet musicologist had reported to him that the song is not "a Russian traditional song but a cabaret song", published in a songs book by A. Gutheil in 1897 and mentioned, at p. 131, as a "Gypsy romance based on the melody of Florian Hermann's Valse Hommage.  Despite the claim made by Fuld that, "Of the original melody author, Florian Hermann, not a single music score is known,"  the sheet music for Hermann's piece and others of his works can be found. Here is his "Rêverie russe":
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