ČIURLIONIS’ MARATHON IN LONDON
As 2011 marks the centenary of the death of Lithuanian visionary composer and painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911), London based pianists come together to celebrate his piano music. Martyna Jatkauskaitė, Morta Grigaliūnaitė, Jelena Makarova, Aleksandra Myslek, Vita Panamariovaitė, Kamilė Radzvilaitė, Maria Verbaitė and Rimantas Vingras will perform Čiurlionis’ piano music from various periods of the composer’s life.At the junction of the 19th and the 20th centuries Čiurlionis embodied the aspirations of the national revival movement and linked them with the latest tendencies in European art of the time. He followed the German Symbolists in his paintings, exploring synaesthetic ideas, fashionable at the time, and delved into chromatic and harmonic possibilities of the tonal major-minor system in his music compositions. In these aspirations Čiurlionis stands as the representative European artist at the turn of the 20th century.
Finally, his mature paintings, based on intricate musical compositional techniques, and piano compositions in which tonal writing is blended with proto-serial techniques and the constructive use of short rhythmic, melodic and harmonic patterns, stand as examples of unprecedented visual and aural experiences unique in the history of European art.
To learn more about Čiurlionis please visit www.ciurlionis.eu
19 November 7.00 pm, St Giles’ Cripplegate Church, Fore Street, Barbican, Cripplegate, London, EC2Y 8DA. Tickets: £10 at the door.