Variations on a Theme of Eduardas Balsys’ Centenary
EDUARDAS BALSYS – Reflections of the Sea for string orchestra; Dramatic Frescoes for violin, piano and orchestra
SERGEI PROKOFIEV – Overture on Hebrew Themes
WITOLD LUTOSŁAWSKI – Symphonic Variations
BENJAMIN BRITTEN – Men of Goodwill (Variations on a Christmas Carol for orchestra)
EDUARDAS BALSYS – Adagio from the ballet Eglė, Queen of the Grass-Snakes
In 2019, we celebrate the centenary of Eduardas Balsys (1919–1984), the coryphée of Lithuanian music. This evening the musicians present his compositions linked by the theme of the sea. The grandeur of the sea was one of the leading inspirations for his music; its image permeates almost every genre the composer expressed himself in. With his own family he used to spend summer vacations in his parental home in Palanga, where he produced many of his compositions. Tonight’s programme includes two symphonic compositions on a theme of the sea: Reflections of the Sea for string orchestra and fragment from the ballet Eglė, Queen of the Grass-snakes. Furthermore, his Dramatic Frescoes will feature his granddaughter pianist Indrė Baikštytė and Džeraldas Bidva, the first violin of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra.
The musical feast will be enhanced with Prokofiev, Lutosławski and Britten’s variations, inserted between Balsys’ colourful scores representing the peaks of his third period. “Music is the art of emotions, therefore they should be our prime concern”, the composer used to say.