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Teisutis Makačinas

Photo: Audrius Zavadskis

Teisutis Makačinas (b. 1938) describes his style of writing as a junction of neoclassicism with a sort of folk music transformations reminiscent of Bartók. Although he seems to avoid quoting Lithuanian folk tunes, certain folk intonations still play an important part in many of his works. Taken as a whole, his music reveals its linear nature, inclination for polyphonic procedures of elaboration and development as well as clearly defined structures, based on strict inner logic. The accretion of simple, slightly varied repetitive patterns in his compositions of the recent decade attest to the increase of minimalist tendencies in his music. Teisutis Makačinas writes profusely for organ: he is an author of five organ sonatas, which represent a unique blend of traditional and modern elements. He is also very much fond of a sound produced by the string orchestra, because string instruments, according to him, are most lively and best responding to the efforts of a performer. The composer is also author of several popular songs and often writes incidental music.

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