If I was to choose just a single name from the Lithuanian history of art and music, that would be Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis (1875-1911) - the most famous painter and composer of my country.
The style of his paintings is highly original - largely symbolic in nature. There were others who tried to imitate the way he painted but no one came close to the depth of his imagination and visions. His music, which started as simple Romantic-style compositions, grew into something which exceeds the limits of this period.
As many of my readers know, last week I spend a couple of days in Paris for a concert of organ, chamber and choir music at La Madeleine which was dedicated to the compositions of Ciurlionis. In addition to his music, I played some of my pieces which were inspired by his themes.
This Prelude (2013) is intentionally quite French-sounding. I used the blues mode in many of the sections in this work. The modal and rhythmical alterations make the practical recognition of the melodies by Ciurlionis largely too difficult.
The structure of the piece is quite simple - sections A consist of fast movement in octaves, sections B - from intervals of the thirds and fourths, and sections C - from three-note chords.
Although the piece is quite fast, it's not particularly difficult to play it. The main challenge is in reading various accidentals, complex rhythms and changing meters.
If you want me to share the score of this piece, please let me know.
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