As some of my listeners are aware, Friday is Lithuanian music day on my channel. I've been posting one LIthuanian organ piece per week. These compositions are composed not by me, my works and improvisations sound on my channel on Thursdays. I've been doing it for a while now and I'd like to continue this initiative in 2024 also recording pieces by various Lithuanian composers until we reach 2025, the 150th anniversary of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1975-1911), the most famous Lithuanian painter and composer of all time. Then in 2025, I'd like to try to record one piece by Čiurlionis per week, hopefully recording all his organ works from his newly published complete organ works collection.
My fear for 2024 is that I either run out of playable Lithuanian music or I run out of time to learn the pieces which is much less playable (yes, there are those too). Knowing that most Lithuanian organists who actually know the instrument almost don't create music (unlike Latvian and Estonian colleagues), it's a real possibility. So a week before Christmas I was inquiring on FB some of my colleagues musicians from Lithuania if they know some Lithuanian compositions that I could record on my channel and composer, arranger and conductor Kazys Daugėla suggested I check out his piece "the Cares of Winter" which is taken from his suite "the Seasons". So I did and decided it would be good to record it. Here's what composer writes about this piece:
Four-part suite " The Seasons " for narrator and orchestra Lithuanian composer Kazys Daugėla created on the basis of K. Donelaitis poem " The Seasons " plots and the most famous artist Vytautas Kazimieras Jonynas (1907-1997) woodcut illustrations. These Donelaitis poem "The Seasons" illustrations have become classics of Lithuanian art. Composer created his paintings of the suite using native Lithuania Minor folk song melodies. Some of them are written almost 200 years ago. Most songs used are from Christian Bartsch prepared and published by Lithuanian folk songs "Song of the votes". "If you do not doubt that the song’s soul is in the melody, it should also be true, that the song is understood correctly only when we sing or listen to it" – so believed Ch. Bartsch. He could not possibly foresee that the songs that sounded at his time will be wiped out in parallel with the East Prussian population. But after all, maybe he did predict? Therefore, he was rescuing them. The ancient epics and worldview associate "The Seasons" with cyclical idea of time, which is expressed by the view of The Sun’s path in the sky. The main hero of this musical work is The Sun and the diversity of nature, life and work associated with it. In the Eternal Circle we born, age, die - everything repeats, nothing new happens. In the second part of the "The Cares of Winter", the Lithuanian traditional Advent song "Sodai, sodai, leliumoj" was used and developed.
I recorded this piece using Hauptwerk Alessandria organ sample set by Piotr Grabowski. Hope you will enjoy it!
If you're reading this and you're Lithuanian organist, consider start creating music for your instrument, because if we won't, entire Lithuanian organ culture will suffer in the future. It doesn't matter if you can't create anything "original" or "new" or "good" right now. What matters is that it's yours. I'm looking forward to seeing what you create.
More information about the composer: https://www.muzikusajunga.lt/nariai/kazys-daugela
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