Lyudmilla – Evan Handyside (music inspired by HBO’s Chernobyl) + TAB

Posted on 17. Jun, 2019 by in Easy to Play, Film Score, Method, Premium Tabs


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I originally set out to transcribe, Vichnaya Pamyat (Everlasting Memory): an exquisite piece from the Homin Lviv Municipal Choir used towards the end of HBO’s Chernobyl. However, as I went through Vichnaya Pamyat, I accidentally developed my own music which I’m entitling: Lyudmilla.

Lyudmilla Ignatenko is a central character in the bleak story of Chernobyl. Her personal story embodies the entire distressing battle:

A culture of bureaucratic ineptitude (within a crumbling totalitarian system) ultimately generates a nuclear catastrophe. Ultimately hundreds of thousands of regular people are called to sacrifice their health to stop the burning Reactor 4 from poisoning Europe.

I was in 3rd grade when the Cherobyl reactor exploded. I remember (even in the United States) being very distressed about this at the time. However, the event was soon eclipsed by the fall of the Soviet Union.

Only until I watched the HBO mini series, did I realize the story behind the Reactor 4 explosion was so crazy. The long term cost of human lives, and far reaching devastation to the environment was incredible.

In addition to the HBO and SKY series, I recommend the documentary The Battle of Chernobyl on YouTube. It tracks well with the series. You can really see how the Soviets threw every resource they had at the reactor. According to Mikhail Gorbachev, the expenditure was so great, it caused the collapse of Soviet Union.

HBO also created a podcast that tracks with each of the five episodes.

This song is for the unsung heroes involved in the aftermath of Chernobyl. What happened to them was not their fault, and their efforts saved the world. This song is about the magnitude of that sacrifice, Lyudmilla.

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How to play Lyudmilla by Evan Handyside

This guitar tab is beautifully written across four pages. I recommend Lyudmilla for intermediate guitar players but beginners can also give a try as the chord shapes are relatively easy to play. 

The song is essentially one long passage that is played twice. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Lyudmilla is played

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