Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Singing Lithuanian Polyphonic Songs Sutartinės




Subject Title: Singing Lithuanian Traditional Polyphonic Songs Sutartinės 

Taught by: Prof. Habil Dr. Daiva Vyčinienė

Acad. Cycle 

ECTS credits



Contact hours


1 semester



Year of study

Weekly lectures/seminars


1st, 2nd… 

1 / 0

Initial knowledge in ethnic music, skills of singing.




English, Russian, Germany


Pass / Fail

Aim and objectives

• To acquaint with the main types of sutartinės singing: dvejinės ‘twosome’, trejinės ‘threesome’ and keturinės ‘foursome’

• To develop ability of traditional vocal expression
• To develop the ability to control the amount of own voice in polyphonic way of singing

• To work on focusing and concentration during polyphonic singing
• To explore relation between separate voices, spiritual togetherness and audience

• To establish professional singers of sutartinės (leaders of sutartinės singers group)

After completing the course, students will:

• Understand the form, composition, melodic and harmonic intervals (seconds) of sutartinės
• Be able to articulate the sutartinės of every local traditions, depending on their local particularity

• Be able to use the voices in a controlled and the most efficient way
• To sing with a partner(s)

• Be able to concentrate and focus on complicated singing of polyphonic songs

• Be able complex polyphonic singing make into relaxation


The Singing Lithuanian Traditional Polyphonic Songs Sutartinės is practical training course aimed at familiarizing students with the sutartinės which were inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on 16th November 2010. It is recommended for any ethnomusicologist, musician, also folklorist, ethnologist, anthropologist, and others with music education. Students are familiarized with phenomena ancient Lithuanian polyphonic singing practice, traditional singing in small groups (4-5 women), various ways of performing (~ 30), specific articulation of sutartinės, local features of singing.


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2. Račiūnaitė-Vyčinienė, Daiva. Lithuanian Polyphonic Songs Sutartinės. Vilnius, 2002.

3. Račiūnaitė-Vyčinienė, Daiva. Sutartinių atlikimo tradicijos. Vilnius, 2000.

4. Račiūnaitė-Vyčinienė, Daiva. Kokių giedosim, kokių sutarysim? Sutartinės primer (with CD). Vilnius, 2004.

5. Račiūnaitė-Vyčinienė, Daiva. Kadu buva, kadujo. Sutartinės primer (with CD). Vilnius, 2012.

6. Slaviūnas, Zenonas (comp.). Sutartinės. Daugiabalsės lietuvių liaudies dainos. T. 1-3. Vilnius, 1958-1959.

7. Urbanavičienė, Dalia. Šokamosios ir žaidžiamosios sutartinės (with DVD). Vilnius, 2009.