“Orfej auss” introduces the “wizard of plots” – composer Žibokli Martinaitīti / LR3 / / Latvijas Radio 3

Transmission The ear of Orpheus in the musical annex we present the Lithuanian composers of the generation of the 1940s for two consecutive evenings Žibokli Martinaiti (Žiboukle Martinaityte) and his original musical album “Saudade” released last year, mentioned in the broadcast on 9 October The ear of Orpheus will discuss the presenter of this program Orests Silabriedis and the composer Armands Skukis. This time, the title track of the album “Saudade” and the composition “Millefleur”. Performed by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Giedre Šlekīte.

Lithuanian composer Žibokle Martinaitīte was born in St. Petersburg, grew up in Kaunas, studied with Brunus Kutāvičs at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater, but currently lives in New York, is a Guggenheim scholar and winner of the 2020 Lithuanian Government Award Reviews say his works may seem colorful and whimsical at first, but are actually filled with existential pathos. And the composer, like an illusionist, creates a musical space full of high tension, controlled only by himself. In such conditions, the listener becomes a prisoner of the author, finding himself between reality and transcendental states. Žiboukle Martinaitīte is called “wizard of the plot”, creating a sound environment in which vibrations appear and disappear in the transparency and density of the different sound layers. “It is the music that slips on the blades of emotion,” says a quote from America.

Listeners describe Žibokles Martinaitīte’s music as “extraordinarily beautiful, with a sense of inevitability” and “fascinating, like watching shooting stars”.

The name of the album and the title of the work recently released by the company “Ondine”Wish”Translated from Portuguese means“ desire ”. The piece was commissioned by the Union of Lithuanian Composers, and Žibokle Martinaitīte experiments with it a bit, asking the winds to create a stroke at a certain height, with the voice, creating two different tones: one that is blown into the instrument, the other than “sung”. An interesting and flickering sound is obtained from the percussion plates placed on the tympanic membrane and vibrated by the drum pedal. The gong-like sound in this score is not created by the gong, but by the harpist playing different strings.

“Saudade” or desire, as the composer explains, is a combination of sad and happy feelings: sadness for something lost and happiness for the opportunity to experience this past, past, past.

“In my personal experience,” writes the composer, “the concept of Saudade symbolizes multiple layers of desire: the death of my father and my immigration to the United States. Over the past decade, this thread of desire has been woven into my life. , coloring all the experiences of this life “.

On the other hand, the composition included in the album “Millefiori”The composer describes as“ acoustic hedonism ”, the search for acoustic pleasure, as if one walked through a beautiful sound garden and enjoyed it”. The title of the piece uses the French word “Millefleur”, which means a thousand flowers. The word refers to the backgrounds of medieval and renaissance European tapestries, in which many different small plants are mixed.

This floral motif is also found in Chinese pottery and Indian carpet motifs. Žibokli Martinaiti was also inspired by the so-called mysterious and enigmatic “unicorn tapestries”, one of the most impressive and oldest known works of art from the late Middle Ages. For centuries they belonged to the family of the French duke La Rochefoucauld, even before being looted during the French Revolution. They were then purchased by John D. Rockefeller Jr., who donated them to the Metropolitan Convent Museum of Music and Art in 1937, where they are on permanent display. And this museum is within walking distance of the composer’s house.

In the composition, Martinaitīte has transformed the botanical representations, as she herself writes: “into microscopic sonic movements that constantly shine in the harmonies of string instruments or in the fine dynamic sound waves of other orchestral groups. A more pronounced main image gradually emerges, which later disappears against the background of the flowers, thus forming a specular structure of the composition “.

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