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"Tres Dei Matris Symphoniae"

"Tres Dei Matris Symphoniae"

2019 January 13, Sunday, 18.00
Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (A. Vienuolio 1 str., Vilnius), Vilnius

Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society

(artistic director Česlovas Radžiūnas)
(artistic director and principal conductor Petras Bingelis)
"Tres Dei Matris Symphoniae"

ONUTĖ NARBUTAITĖ  – “Tres Dei Matris Symphoniae”

Tres Dei Matris Symphoniae (Three Symphonies of Mother of God) was commissioned by the Brandenburg State Orchestra (das Brandenburgische Staatsorchester Frankfurt) and composed in 2002–2003. Three large-scale movements – Angelus Domini (symphonia prima), Bethleem(symphonia secunda) and Mater Dolorosa (symphonia tertia) – embrace three decisive episodes of the New Testament involving Christ and Mary – the Revelation, the Birth of Jesus and the Crucifixion. This triptych is framed in short introduction (Introitus), which uses fragments of the Song of Songs, and a closing prayer (Oratio) on a text by Hildegard von Bingen. Traditional texts of Ave Maria, Gloria and Stabat Mater were used as a basis for the main movements of the work. All texts are in Latin.

This is not an oratorio in the conventional sense, but rather a symphony or three symphonies, where a choir, even though entrusted with a very important role, is only one of many voices. Often distanced from directly articulated canonical text, related or rather enacted by the instruments, the story becomes more personal and intimate, while at the same time more generalised. Indeed, it was a personal consideration, not a ritualistic reiteration of well-known truths, which induced the composer to approach the issues contemplated upon for centuries.

However, these century-old reflections that resound as choruses under myriads of vaults, are folded within a multitude of paintings, etchings or chiselled in marble in which the depth of your ‘subjectivity’ matures inseparably from this inspiring experience.

Onutė Narbutaitė


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