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The 19th International Music Theory Conference: Phenomenon of Orchestra

On 20–22 November 2019, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre will host the 19th International Music Theory Conference “Principles of Music Composing: Orchestra in contemporary contexts”. 

Orchestra is not only one of the key categories of musical practice, but also a broad sociocultural phenomenon. Intellectual shifts in post-modern (aesthetic) medium, technological opportunities, and cultural migration are opening up more and more unexpected conceptual and technical perspectives for orchestra, while also challenging established theoretical tools. The conference “Principles of Music Composing” (XIX) invites researchers and composers to rethink and explore the multifarious factors of orchestra, its role and transformation in contemporary (musical) contexts. Such an object is of particular importance at national level, commemorating the anniversary of one of the most prominent Lithuanian symphonists – Eduardas Balsys.

The subjects of the conference embraces the encounter of innovative solutions and the orchestral tradition, the search for new technological means as well as the maintenance of orchestral cultural values. The aim of the conference is to stimulate intellectual and aesthetic efforts towards an authentic up-to-date relationship with the orchestral tradition. 


The 19th International Music Theory Conference 
Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Eduardas Balsys

2019 November 20–22
Vilnius, Lithuania


November 20

9:30 Registration of participants 
9:45 Opening of the conference

FIRST SESSION: Theoretical Aspects of Orchestra as a Concept
(Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Juozas Karosas Hall; Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)

Chair: Marius Baranauskas 
10:00 Roger Redgate When is an Orchestra not an Orchestra? 
10:30 Оleksandr Zharkov Timbre Syntax in Composition Techniques of the Twentieth Century: General and Special Sets 
11:00 Marius Salynas New Orchestral Virtual Realities

11:30–12:00 Coffee Break

Chair: Dr. Andrius Maslekovas 
12:00 Dina Lentsner Orchestra as a Marker of Fluid Community in Ēriks Ešenvalds’s Nordic Light Multimedia Symphony 
12:30 Vadym Rakochi “The Orchestra of Soloists”: The Idea of a Concerto in Mahler’s Nachtmusiken 
13:00 Martin Vishnick The London Improvisers Orchestra: A Subjective Review

13:30–15.00 Lunch Break

PRACTICAL SESSION: The LMTA Improvisers Ensemble (LIE)
(Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Music Innovation Studies Centre (MISC), Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)

Host: Dr. Martin Vishnick 
15:00 Session I / 16:30–16:45 Break / 16:45 Session II

PRESENTATION OF A NEW CD “Unidentified Cycles of M. K. Čiurlionis”
Jurgis Karnavičius (piano) 
(Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Juozas Karosas Hall, Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)


November 21

SECOND SESSION: Technological Solutions of Contemporary Orchestra in Relation to Orchestral Tradition 
(Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Juozas Karosas Hall, Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)

Chair: Prof. Roger Redgate
10:00 Marcello Messina Disquieting Presences in the Concert Hall: a Tale of Wheelbarrows, Digger Buckets and Other Unusual Objects in Recent Orchestral and Chamber Music from Northern England 
10:30 Manos Panayiotakis Acoustic Instruments as Primitive Sources for Sound Synthesis in the Orchestral Writing of Edgard Varèse—Arcana and Amériques 
11:00 Martyna Krymska Sinfonietta for Two String Orchestras by Kazimierz Serocki in the Context of Orchestration and Selected Analytical Aspects of the Composition 
11:30 Stephan Lewandowski Tightrope Walks and Panorama. Orchestral Techniques in Wilfried Krätzschmar’s 5th Symphony (2018) 

12:00–13:00 Coffee Break

THIRD SESSION: The Oeuvre by Eduardas Balsys: Contexts and (Re)Interpretations (held in Lithuanian)
(Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Juozas Karosas Hall, Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)

Chair: Dr. Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli 
13:00 Gražina Daunoravičienė Eduardas Balsys’ Dodecaphony and its Contexts / Eduardo Balsio dodekafonija ir jos kontekstai 
13:30 Judita Žukienė Final Chords as a Vivid Reflection of Eduardas Balsys’ Creative Work (Concerto for Solo Violin) Paskutinieji taktai – ryškus E. Balsio kūrybos atspindys (Koncertas smuikui solo)

14:00–14.30 Coffee Break

Chair: Beata Baublinskienė 
14:30 Domantas Milius Eduardas Balsys’ Score for the Feature Film Adomas Wants to be a Man: Types, Functions and Exceptionality of Music / Eduardo Balsio muzika kino filmui „Adomas nori būti žmogumi“: muzikos tipai, funkcijos ir išskirtinumas 
15:00 Audronė Žiūraitytė Multifariousness of Interpretations of Eduardas Balsys’ Ballet Eglė the Queen of Serpents E. Balsio baleto „Eglė žalčių karalienė“ interpretacijų įvairovė 
15:30 Audronė Žigaitytė-Nekrošienė Nuances of the Dramaturgy of Emotional States in Eduardas Balsys’ Journey to Tilsit in the Context of Opera History / Būsenų dramaturgijos atspalviai Eduardo Balsio operoje „Kelionė į Tilžę“ operos istorijos kontekste

CONCERT. PREMIERES-DEDICATIONS. Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Eduardas Balsys 
(Church of St. Casimir/Vilniaus Šv. Kazimiero bažnyčia; Didžioji 34, Vilnius) 
Performers: Karolina Juodelytė (organ), Vera Talerko (soprano), Laurynas Lapė (trumpet), Albinas Gražulis (trombone) 
Compositions by: Rimantas Janeliauskas, Jonas Jurkūnas, Artūras Mikoliūnas, Paulius Prasauskas, Marius Baranauskas


November 22

FOURTH SESSION: The Integrity of Style and Orchestral Techniques
(Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Juozas Karosas Hall, Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)

Chair: Dr. Ramūnas Motiekaitis 
10:00 Aleksandra Machura Tam/Tu [There/Here]. Music for Violin, Voices and Instruments – Orchestra in the Eyes of Rafał Augustyn 
10:30 Mantautas Krukauskas Developments in Spatial Music for Orchestra and Big Ensembles 
11:00 Charris Efthimiou On the Instrumentation of Bass and Melody Line in M. K. Čiurlionis’s Miške 
11:30 Alexander Douglas From ‘Orchestra’ to ‘Jazz Orchestra’ and Back: a Brief Phenomenological Account


12:15 Buffet


Rimantas Janeliauskas The Integrity of Style and Orchestral Techniques in the Oeuvre by Eduardas Balsys 
Mārtiņš Viļums Orchestration as Heterophonic Synthesis in Mārtiņš Viļums’ Tvyjoraan for Chamber Orchestra 
Marius Baranauskas Structural Elements of Contemporary Orchestra