a detail from Sturnus vulgaris

a detail from Sturnus vulgaris

Sturnus vulgaris cohibitus

Posted on August 1, 2022

Sturnus vulgaris cohibitus (2020) for a pianist and transducers inside the piano.

Justina Repečkaitė · Sturnus vulgaris cohibitus

Marco Riccelli (ensemble  der/gelbe/klang ) played the composition on the 17th of June at Villa Waldberta, Germany. Recorded by Asparuh Tashev.

Composition Sturnus vulgaris cohibitus reflects on the idea of confinement. The impact of the lockdown on nature was pronounced, as people were confined at home, animals began to feel freer in cities, pollution and noise levels decreased and birdsong became more audible. Confined at home, I began to watch starling flocks in my garden and listen to their (by my first-impression) non melodic songs. I wanted to capture their voices, turning them into a virtual instrument. Piano part has a developed rhythmical language and is treated as a percussion instrument with prepared strings inside the big resonating box. Tiny speakers inside the piano play the brief starling calls which have a timbre function, creating a reverb and later a delay of a played instrument. Expanding it’s register the piece progresses keeping the dependency between piano and tape while symbolising a bird trapped between the strings, only making sound when struck by piano hammers but still hoping to break free. Virtual instrument patch created by Kristijonas Naslenas.

Justina Repeckaite

Marco Ricelli playing Sturnus vulgaris cohibitus

Marco Ricelli playing Sturnus vulgaris cohibitus



Premiered by Marta Finkelštein during her online recital 88+ from the Mama studios, streamed on Youtube and still available on the Lithuanian National Radio. Watch a video of the concert on contribee.com/kontaktasvnems

the poster for Marta Finkelštein's concert

posters for Marta Finkelštein’s concert

11.12.2020 Full program of recital 88+:

Gintaras Sodeika. 𝘏𝘺𝘱𝘯𝘰𝘱𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘪𝘤 (for extended piano)
Justina Repečkaitė. 𝘚𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘶𝘴 𝘷𝘶𝘭𝘨𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘩𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘴 (for pianist and speakers inside the piano)
Martynas Bialobžeskis. 𝘙𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘮 𝘗𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘰 (for piano and electronics)
Jonas Jurkūnas. 𝘗𝘢𝘮𝘰𝘬𝘢 𝘥𝘶 (for piano and digital guitar)