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Bronius Kutavičius
Anno cum tettigonia

Year of Composition:  1980
Duration:  15
Instrumentation:  2vn-va-vc-tape
Samples:   Score    Audio

String Quartet No. 2

 

Programme Note:

Anno cum tettigonia (Year with the Grasshopper) for string quartet and tape (1980) is a composition of rational craftsmanship, based upon a unique harmony (which brings to mind the sounds of ancient Lithuanian skudučiai – panpipes) and a precisely ordered presentation of musical gradations. This piece, composed in canon form, is considered a classic of Lithuanian minimalism. Its texture is woven with increasing density until it reaches a culmination, whereupon it gradually grows sparse until it thins out completely. The grasshopper is the symbol for a year in Japanese mythology. The timing in this quartet is measured with accurate precision: it is comprised of 365 measures, at every seventh measure there is a slight variation in rhythm, and a recording of a bell tolling is heard twelve times.

 

© 2011 Austė Nakienė

© 2011 translation by Ada Valaitis

 

Published scores:

Leningrad: Sovetskij kompozitor, 1985
Cracow: PWM, 1994

 

Released recordings:
CD Academy/Edel ACA 8503-2, 1991

CD Lithuanian Music Performers Information Centre LMAIC CD 001006, 2001
CD Bronius Kutavičius. The Small Spectacle. – Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre, LMIPC CD 064, 2011 (Chordos String Quartet: Dainius Puodžiukas – 1st violin, Ieva Sipaitytė – 2nd violin, Robertas Bliškevičius – viola, Rūta Tamutytė – cello)

CD Lithuanian Music in Context II. Landscapes of Minimalism. - Vilnius, Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre LMIPCCD067-068, 2011 (Silesian String Quartet: Marek Moś (violin), Arkadiusz Kubica (violin), Łukasz Syrnicki (viola), Piotr Janosik (cello)

CD Tiltai / Mosty. – Iš arti-005, 2012 (Kaunas String Quartet: Karolina Beinarytė – 1st violin, Dalia Terminaitė – 2nd violin, Eglė Lapinskė – viola, Saulius Bartulis – cello)

CD Chordos. Music for String Quartet. – Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre LMIPCCD082-083, 2014 (Chordos String Quartet: Dainius Puodžiukas – 1st violin, Ieva Sipaitytė – 2nd violin, Robertas Bliškevičius – viola, Rūta Tamutytė – cello)
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