Video of Incantare

Posted on July 26, 2019

Justina’s composition Incantare for flute and electronics was played at National Library of France and streamed to Athénée Theatre during the concert WINDS, Paris on the 25th of June, 2018. Co-commissioned by Le Balcon  and Fondation Singer-Polignac.

The fantastic flutist Claire Luquiens was filmed by David Daurier at the site Richelieu, Galerie Rondel, electronics played by Florent Derex. Incantare was part of the composer in residence program with ensemble Le Balcon (cond. Maxime Pascal) and also a part of a bigger project, chamber opera Incanta (text Douna Loup).

Incantare also appears on Mediated Scores.

Program note

The title Incantare translates from Latin, in – “into” + cantare “to sing”. In this composition flutist part is heavily charged with singing into the flute while playing. Electronics part is compiled of only one source: composer’s voice of vocal fry, overtone singing, breaths, noises and whispers of charms repeating Bird without a sting, tree without a trunk, water without legs (Paukštis be geluonies, medis be liemens, vanduo be kojų in Lithuanian). Flute both imitates and fights against the electronics part, thus creating charged dynamics. Video camera is pursuing the performer until at the end of the composition the flutist fights back and starts pursuing the cameraman.



Et avec une seule flûte traversière (Incantare, 2018), elle bâtit un monde surpeuplé de monstres terrifiants. Ne vous fiez pas aux apparences : chez cette pimpante trentenaire, à l’allure sage et discrète, l’angoisse guette à chaque coin de note.

Sébastien Porte  Télérama logo

S’ensuit Incantare de la compositrice lituanienne Justina Repečkaitė, étoile montante de la scène classique, où les timbres sonores sont mis en valeur par d’habiles recours aux techniques de jeux étendues des instruments et à l’électronique.

Incantare was performed by 3 flutists:

Salomeja KalvelyteMaster’s degree final concert of performance of contemporary music and improvisation at  LMTA Music Innovation Studies Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Salomeja Kalvelyte, streamed concert & meeting with the composer from Lithuanian Composer’s Union, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Tarmo Johannes (new version for bass flute and male voice) at Estonian Music Days, Tallinn.
Salomeja Kalvelyte, festival Muzikos Ruduo, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Premier by Claire Luquiens at National Library of France, streamed to Athénée Theatre, Paris.


A video of the full concert WINDS is on and

The immortal Beethoven is in excellent company in this concert entitled Winds, dedicated to wind instruments. Pianist Michaël Levinas, accompanied by the superb musicians in Le Balcon, kicks off the program with the Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, a heartfelt early masterwork by the 26-year-old Beethoven. Next up is Incantare by Lithuanian composer Justina Repečkaitė, a star on the rise in the classical world, a showcase of unconventional extended techniques that stretch the limits of traditional timbre.

Claude Vivier, a Quebecois composer who championed spectral music before his tragic murder in 1983, follows Repečkaitė’s work with the mysterious Woyzeck for tape, set to the sublimely intriguing images of David Daurier. This multimedia spectacle, given in 2018 at the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet in Paris, closes out with a nod to contemporary Italian classical, Salvatore Sciarrino’s Il silenzio degli oracoli (The Silence of the Oracles), a short work that plays cleverly and cheekily with texture.



  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, Op. 16
    • 1. Grave – Allegro ma non troppo
    • 2. Andante cantabile
    • 3. Rondo. Allegro, ma non troppo
  • Justina Repečkaitė, Incantare
  • Claude Vivier, Woyzeck
  • Salvatore Sciarrino, Il silenzio degli oracoli (The Silence of the Oracles)


“Le Balcon invites to a concert W I N D S which is a cinematographic, poetical and historical promenade in Paris from National Library of France to Athénée Theatre, from Ludwig van Beethoven to Justina Repeckaite, Claude Vivier and Salvatore Sciarrino. Musicians from Le Balcon and Michael Levinas will be your guides.”