Welcome to episode 16 of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast!
Teisutis Makačinas (b. 1938) is a prolific Lithuanian composer who describes his style of writing as a junction of polyphonic neoclassicism, with a sort of folk music transformations. For organ he has created 6 sonatas and 3 notebooks - Lithuanian, Ancient, and Armenian. I met with him for a conversation on the occasion of my upcoming premiere performance which happened on October 10, 2015 of his newest work - Festive Sonata-Symphony (2015) for organ.
"At the beginning I didn't write the sounds but I thought about the atmosphere, about the character of the work. I had about 3 months to focus and to think about this. From the outside it should have looked really strange because I was walking around the room from window to window meditating about that work. And then I started to improvise on the keyboard - then these musical ideas and intonations came into my head."
Listen to the conversation
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Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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