Contemporary Music Series: Lithuania (2016)

Posted on November 17, 2016

REM (2014) for Alto Flute, Horn, Violin, Cello and Tapisserie (2015) for Flute, Clarinet, Piano, Violin, Cello in the album Contemporary Music Series: Lithuania (2016) by Lithuanian Ensemble Network, conducted by Vykintas Baltakas.

An album of Lithuanian chamber consist of works by Baltakas, Repeckaite, Germanavicius.

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Rapid Eye Movements (2014) for alto flute, horn, violin, cello.

The title is an allusion to the stage of sleep called Rapid Eye Movement sleep (REM). It is characterised by muscle paralysis and quick movements of the eyes. This kind of atmosphere is created in the composition by predomination of a static harmony and lack of any apparent evolution in rhythmical vibration. This unsettling dream constantly shatters into fragments. Previously mentioned static harmony consists of four intervals and pitches evolving from them, which are obtained by adding frequencies of those four intervals. The aim is to stress the created amplitude of vibrato. Periodicity of pulsations sounding between pairs of instruments expressed in different tempoes, correspond to proportions between frequencies of intervals.

Tapisserie (2015) for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello.

Tapestry – a polychromic fabric, was an inspiration for the title of this piece of music, which has a decorative and repetitive character. According to the image of weaver’s art, the compositional principle consists of binding different attacks of sound in order to create a timbre, dynamics and rhythm polychromy in time. Piano has a decisive role and it’s strings are poetically linked to a frame on which the tapestry fabric holds. The percussive attacks of piano are orchestrated by emergence and then disappearance of other instruments. Gradually an accumulation and superposition of pulsations produce a complex rhythms and the role of each instrument is enriched.

Justina Repeckaite