Record company: choir Jauna Muzika

Year of publication: 2013

Media: CD

Duration: 45'41

Price: 12 €

Purchase: choir administration, MILC,

bookstores "Mint Vinetu", "Rūdninkai", www.imuzika.lt

 

JM-CD-004

Call Signs to Maironis
Lithuanian choral music dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Maironis’ birth
  1. Juozas Naujalis (1869–1934)            Lietuva brangi                                              
  2. Albertas Navickas (b. 1986)              Graži tu savo dangaus mėlyne! Brangi: tiek vargo, kančių prityrei                                                                     
  3. Ramūnas Motiekaitis (b. 1976)         Šaukiniai (Varpai) / Baltais klavišais / Maironiui  
  4. Juozas Naujalis                                  Pavasaris                                                       
  5. Nijolė Sinkevičiūtė (b. 1956)             eM-eS                                                            
  6. Donatas Zakaras (b. 1979)                Taip maža paramos                         
  7. Juozas Naujalis                                  Vasaros naktys                                             
  8. Laurynas Vakaris Lopas (b. 1948) Vakaro mintys / Ačiū, Tau Viešpatie         
  9. Juozas Naujalis                                  Už Raseinių, ant Dubysos                
  10. Vytautas Miškinis (b. 1954)              Mano gimtinė

The poet Jonas Mačiulis-Maironis (1862–1932), who lived and worked at the turn of the 20th century, formed a new perception of Lithuanian poetry. His poems awakened national consciousness, revived spirits of the Lithuanians, and encouraged them to strive for new ideals by looking back on the nation’s past. Masterpieces of choral music and poetry by Maironis and his contemporary Juozas Naujalis have to this day remained unsurpassed as the best examples of classical form, deep content and ideas of freedom and patriotism. Today, there is no doubt that works by Maironis and Naujalis, which have proved to be almost more popular than folk songs, raised the bar for future creators, both poets and musicians.
On the other hand, we have to answer the question as to how Maironis’ poetry should be read nowadays. How should his slightly pathetic language, romantic worldview and patriotic feelings be understood? Apparently, many have sought answer to this question, especially in 2012, the Year of Maironis, when a number of cultural communities undertook the task to look at his poetry afresh and through a modern eye. These projects included ‘Call Signs to Maironis’, a creative initiative by the Jauna Muzika choir of the Vilnius City Municipality and its leader, the conductor and composer Vaclovas Augustinas. In preparation for the Year of Maironis, the idea was to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth by commissioning a number of new musical works. Inspired in one or another way by Maironis’ poetry, these compositions, by six Lithuanian composers, offer us quite different ways of its perception and open new spaces for individual interpretations. A tribute to Maironis, this CD contains a programme performed in Raseiniai, Kaunas and Vilnius and features new musical interpretations of his poetry.
‘Our present time, from the viewpoint of the classic, inevitably seems not to be worthy of the heroism of past generations. Holding Maironis up as a shining example, it is impossible to argue with him or to widen the horizons of interpretation: it remains only to recite his magnificent verses, constantly realising that the gap between poetry and reality is unbridgeable. The poet then seems to be inaccessible and mysterious, maybe even strange, convenient only as a source of quotes, but unable to tell us anything about today’ (Manfredas Žvirgždas, Preface to The Voices of Spring by Maironis, 2012). It is up to an observant listener to answer the question whether Lithuanian authors bridge this gap or shatter his ‘granite-strong rhetoric’ by personalising their own attitudes towards the classics in these new dedications.