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Monologues

Monologues

In memoriam of Vytautas Barkauskas, the 90th birth anniversary
2021 April 25, Sunday, 19.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic online, Vilnius
Organizer:

Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society

Online broadcast of the live recording on www.nationalphilharmonic.tv, the National Philharmonic and Digital Hall Facebook accounts, YouTube channel (search for Lithuanian national philharmonic)

Performers
Soloists:
DŽERALDAS BIDVA (violin)
JURGIS JUOZAPAITIS (viola)
ROBERTAS BEINARIS (oboe)
Programme
Monologues

 

 

 

 

VYTAUTAS BARKAUSKAS (1931–2020)

Partita for solo violin, Op. 12 (1967)
            Praeludium
            Scherzo
           Grave
           Toccata
           Postludium
Performed by DŽERALDAS BIDVA (violin)

Two Monologues for solo viola, Op. 71 (1983, 2004)
        Monologue I
       Monologue II
Performed by JURGIS JUOZAPAITIS (viola)

Concerto Piccolo  for string, Op. 88 (1988)
Performed by LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Monologue for solo oboe, Op. 24 (1970)
Performed by ROBERTAS BEINARIS (oboe)

Intimate Composition for oboe and strings, Op. 15 (1968)
Soloist ROBERTAS BEINARIS (oboe)

Concerto for viola and chamber orchestra, Op. 63 (1981)
                 Cadenza
                 Largo
                 Coda
Soloist JURGIS JUOZAPAITIS (viola)
LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Conductor ROBERTAS ŠERVENIKAS

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Professor Vytautas Barkauskas, the recipient of the Lithuanian National Prize, who departed this life last year, was one of the most famous and prolific Lithuanian contemporary composers. His works have been performed at international festivals and concerts in various European, American and Asian countries, and are fixtures in concert repertoire of both Lithuanian and well-known foreign musicians (Gidon Kremer, Lothar Faber, Yuri Bashmet, David Geringas, Joachim Greiner, Salzburg Camerata and others).

In the sixties, the composer was among the most active promoters of new compositional techniques, heralds of the avant-garde in Lithuania. He later turned to postmodernism, and even more vividly to emotionality, often manifested in the titles of works to begin with. His music combines features of emotional and rational element, mathematical thinking, logic, and the correlation of compositional systems with the gist of striking concert-like character and recognizable genres.

Journey of Barkauskas’ music around the world began with Partita for solo violin, Op. 12 (1967). Inspired by Aleksandras Livontas more than 50 years ago, brought into the world by Gidon Kremer, it has been played hundreds of times by various violinists on all continents. In the work’s five movements, the composer made references to the principles of renaissance, baroque or classicist art and eventually relied on the expressionist vocabulary. In 1976, after Kremer’s performance of Partita at the Mozartwoche festival, the Salzburger Tageblatt wrote: “For those listeners who love only Mozart and nothing else, the work was like a healing shock.”

The concert, which honours the memory of the composer Barkauskas and the 90th anniversary of his birth, features opuses composed over several decades – from Partita for solo violin to Two Monologues for solo viola (in this case, the latest version of the work). The monologues of the latter opus begin with an intimate conversation with oneself, full of hesitation and persistent effort to escape from the vicious circle of obsessive thoughts until finally the melody breaks off, offering no way out. The second monologue presents some alternative – a sweet illusion of love, but the repeatedly intervening interval of augmented 4th (tritone) keeps bringing the previous state, permeated with indecision and uncertainty, back. “Just as in life”, said the composer.

Reciprocity with the listeners, who always discover unexpected twists and characters in his music, and the performers, who to this day play his music as a valuable content of unique modern expression and human emotion, was very important to Barkauskas. “It all comes from creative interchange between the composer and performer. I think it is very important for the composer that the performer not only premieres the work, but also voluntarily choses to perform it later on. I would like to emphasize a connection, which is very important for me – the performer’s desire to play a specific work and the audience’s desire to listen to it. Then the work travels the world”, said the composer. This concert will feature Lithuania’s foremost performing forces, brought together by the National Philharmonic Society to honour the composer who is acknowledged by and dear to everyone.

 
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