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Mindaugas Urbaitis
1952 -
Lithuania
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M. Urbaitis
Mindaugas Urbaitis (01/06/1952), a Lithuanian composer, born in Kaunas. He graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music were studied composition with Prof.Dr.Julius Juzeliunas (1975) and finished a postgraduate course there (1977). In 1991-1996 Chairman of the Lithuanian Composers' Union, in 1991-1995 Artistic Director of the International Baltic Music Festival "Gaida", Vilnius, Lithuania. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts in Vilnius. Featured composer at the Music Harvest '92 Festival in Odense, Denmark, Bornholm Music Festival, Denmark, the Vale of Glamorgan Festival, Wales, United Kingdom, Vilnius Festival, Lithuania.
Lacrimosa
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1994
Musical form:fragment
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Duration:5'54
In memory of:those that died defending freedom of Lithuania
Label(s):Delphian DCD 34052 (called: Songs of the Baltic Sea.)
Lacrimosa (1991-1994) is scored for eight voices mixed choir (2 S, 2 A, 2 T, 2 B) a cappella. The compositional technique is analogical as in my other choral works of recent years: small motifs and scale-like patterns developed by means of repetition, gradual sequences – and all kept in a diatonic mode. As the music develops in its melody and harmony, it comes closer and closer to W.A.Mozart’s Lacrimosa and at the end it becomes a quotation of the latter, ending at the same place, where death stopped W.A.Mozart’s hand. Lacrimosa is dedicated to those who died for the freedom of Lithuania. At the same the work is “Hommage ŕ W.A.Mozart”.
About the recording:
Performers: Chamber Choir "Psalmos", conductor Modestas Pitrenas
Labels: Vilnius Recording Studio VSCD-042, 1998
Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre LMIPCCD014, 2002
Author:Mindaugas Urbaitis