... Out of Respect for MKČ
Lithuanian Choral Music
- Gintautas Venislovas (b. 1973). Nodus. MKČ [8’49]
- Jurijus Kalcas (b. 1956). Suite on themes of M. K. Čiurlionis works [6’38]
- Jurgita Mieželytė (b. 1980). I Was Sent By Mother [4’17]
- Algirdas Martinaitis (b. 1950). MKČ [6’56]
- Vaclovas Augustinas (b. 1959). Nightfall... (Where to Pass the Night?) [4’07]
- Vidmantas Bartulis (b. 1954). Bright Sun [6’05]
- Raimundas Martinkėnas (b. 1976). Dawn [5’45]
- Zita Bružaitė (b. 1966). Did the Winds Blow [2’52]
- Giedrius Svilainis (b. 1972). Why... [5’40]
- Donatas Zakaras (b. 1979). Letters to Sofia [6’06]
Vilnius Municipal Choir "Jauna Muzika", artistic director and conductor Vaclovas Augustinas
Aistė Bružaitė, kanklės player (4, 6)
Gediminas Storpirštis, narrator (1, 9)
As 2011 was designated by UNESCO as the year of the Lithuanian painter and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875–1911), much interest in his work was shown not only in Lithuania but also all over the world: the centenary of Čiurlionis’ death was marked by a large amount of events, concerts, exhibitions and publications.
On 17th October 2011, a memorable concert, entitled “… Out of Respect for MKČ”, was held at St Catherine’s Church in Vilnius. It was organised on the initiative of the "Jauna Muzika" choir, which had also commissioned the works to mark the year of Čiurlionis. The choir performed a highly demanding programme, which could be described as a festive compilation of modern choral music dedicated to the pioneer of Lithuanian national professional music, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis.
The works featured in the concert were inspired by Lithuanian folk songs harmonised by Čiurlionis, his music of other genres, his letters to his wife, the writer Sofija Kymantaitė-Čiurlionienė, and poetry by Justinas Marcinkevičius. It is from their own viewpoint that the authors of the project looked at Čiurlionis’ oeuvre, with its eternal anxiety and timeless aspirations of man as creator.
“Let us not forget our responsibility. We are Lithuania’s pioneering composers, and the future generations will look for examples in our works. We are like a knot between our folk songs and the future of the Lithuanian music,” wrote Čiurlionis (About Music and Fine Art, Vilnius, 1960).