Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Lithuanian New Music Links with Modern Western Music




Subject Title: Lithuanian New Music Links with Modern Western Music 
Taught by: Prof. Mindaugas Urbaitis

Acad. Cycle

ECTS credits



Contact hours



1 semester



Year of study

Weekly lectures/seminars


1st - 2nd - - -

1 / 0

Knowledge in music history required for admission examinations at higher level.





Written/essay/test form

10-point scale (written essay - 20%, written music description test – 25 %, examination Part A: listening examination from the list of music works (written) - 25%, examination Part B: final essay (written) - 30%).

Course goals:

- To give knowledge about Lithuanian music styles from the beginning of professional music until nowadays;
- To familiarize students with music style and techniques applied by the most famous Lithuanian composers;
- To give students some knowledge of the influence of Lithuanian folk music on

modern classical music and similar phenomena occurring in Western music;
- To develop the understanding of musical styles applied by Lithuanian composers;
- To compare Lithuanian music with music of other countries;
- To classify and critically evaluate musical culture;
- To develop skills and explain phenomena of contemporary Lithuanian music.

Skills. Upon completing Lithuanian New Music Links With Modern European and American Music the students will:
- know the notable Lithuanian classical composers and their works;
- be able to classify and compare styles and techniques of Lithuanian composers with those applied by composers of foreign countries;
- be able to recognize all works and their authors from the list of works analyzed;
- be able to critically analyze and evaluate the contemporary Lithuanian music and compare it with analogies found in other countries.

 Description: The course objective is to analyze links of Lithuanian new music with modern trends of Western music. It provides explicit information on compositional techniques and aesthetic directions, musical genres and comparative approach of the most influential composers of the 20th century with the works of Lithuanian composers. The influence of the twelve-tone system and aleatory music as well as the importance of folklore will be discussed. Attention will be focused on the influence of indeterminacy and chance, improvisation and graphical scores, Orient and jazz, electronic music, notation, extended instrumental and vocal techniques on both Western and Lithuanian new music. The course gives a profound and extensive view of new music from the last decades in both Europe and the United States and a broad spectrum of comparison with the last stylistic and compositional developments in Lithuanian music.

 Reading list:

1. Adeodatas Tauragis, Lithuanian Music (Vilnius, 1971)
2. Robert P.Morgan Twentieth-Century Music W.W.Norton & Company Ltd., London 1991
3. Robert P. Morgan, Anthology of Twentieth-Century Music (London & New York, 1992)
4. The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Music. Edited by Nicholas Cook. Cambridge University Press 2004
5. Michael Nyman, Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond (New York, 1999)