Collectors’ Corner: Čiurlionis
Sunday, March 25, at 8:00 pm Chacago’s radio station WFMT 98.7 will broadcast two hours’ programme about Čiurlionis. As the information bulletin reads: A painter and composer, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911) was a major force in the revival of Lithuanian art, culture, and language at the turn of the last century. He studied both composition and painting in warsaw, but soon returned to his native land to lead a Lithuania choir and to write music inspired by the nation’s folklore. Henry Fogel calls this unjustly neglected composer back to our attention by exploring Ciurionis’ piano, orchestral, and choral music.
Symphonic poem “In the Forest” of Čiurlionis performed by Azerbaijan National philharmonic orchestra
The main guest of the concert was Lithuanian conductor, the music director of Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Robertas Šervenikas. Programme, performed by the State Symphony orchestra of Azerbaijan included Čiurlionis’ “In the Forest” and other works by Lithuanian and other European composers.
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.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. MIKALOJUS KONSTANTINAS ČIURLIONIS (1875–1911): HIS TIME AND OUR TIME
International conference. MIKALOJUS KONSTANTINAS ČIURLIONIS (1875–1911): HIS TIME AND OUR TIME
21–24 September 2011, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Second Building, Tilto g. 16, LT- 01101 Vilnius)
The year 2011 marks the centenary of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis’ death. A century’s span gives a sufficient temporal perspective to ascertain that Čiurlionis’ work reflected the key processes in the history of European music, even though it was rarely performed during his lifetime and most of it remained in the manuscripts and unfinished sketches. At the turn of the 20th century his work represented an intersection of the romantic idiom and the active signs of emerging modernism. The music of Čiurlionis contains many examples of his explorations in the field of cryptology and methods for ‚production’ of musical material, which opened new vistas for further structural and formal development of this material. Hailing from the sphere of romantic inspirations, his work was visionary, blazing a trail for new music of the 20th century.
In solving the enigma of Čiurlionis the composer, Čiurlionis the painter – his alter ego – often lends a helping hand. Like the musical works of his counterpart, his paintings stem from the world of romantic mysticism and symbolism. As a painter he developed a poetic language and mixed colours from the modern palettes of surrealism and abstractionism with his brush steeped in metaphysics. Čiurlionis used tempera and small sheets of paper to create the vision of a perfect universe – an imaginary Babylon whose limits have exceeded those of the Eurocentric culture.
The four-day conference in Vilnius aims to delineate broad prospects for the future research of Čiurlionis’ work, to revise the existing approaches and employ the latest research as a starting point for achieving a deeper understanding of his work. By discussing the causes of his prophetic insight and artistic intuition in the centennial perspective and with all recent methodologies at hand, this conference encourages to redefine the place of Čiurlionis on the map of the 20th-century culture.
There will 45 participants – musicologists, art researchers, philosophers and others from 12 countries (UK, Armenia, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, USA, Poland, France, Russia, Finland, Germany and Lithuania). They will present various articles on Ciurlionis art and music. There will 25 scientists and researchers from Lithuania. All the three days of the conference there will be plenary sections (6). They will be presented by famous researchers of Ciurlionis art and music heritage from various European countries – Lithuanian scientists Prof. Hab. Dr. Vytautas Landsbergis, Dr. Rasa Andriušytė-Žukienė, Prof. Dr. Jonas Bruveris, Prof. Hab. Dr. Gražina Daunoravičienė, researcher in semiotics Prof. Dr. Eero Tarasti from Finland, Polish scientist Hab. Dr. Jacek Szerszenowiczi and musicologist from Germany Prof. Hab. Dr. Hermannas Jungas.
The Conference is organized by: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Lithuanian Composers’ Union in association with the Vilnius Academy of Arts and Lithuanian Culture Research Institute.
Čiurlinios 100th Death Anniversary Celebrated in Poland
On March 25, 2011 in the Concert Hall at the Royal Palace in Warsaw and on 26 March at the ,,Złatopolska dolina“ chateaux in Zakroczym, Lithuanian pianists Sonata and Rokas Zubovas will perform a concert programme to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the death of M.K.Čiurlionis. Specially prepared programme will feature works of M. K. Čiurlionio and his close friend, Polish composer Eugeniusz Morawski.
Before each concerts, art historian Daniel Artymowski will give a lecture on the paintings of Čiurlionis.
Concerts are organized by the Royal Palace in Warsaw, Municipality of Zakroczym and Lithuanian ministry of Culture. The events are coordinated by Lithuanian Cultural attache in Warsaw.
Admission to both events is free.
Čiurlionis music and art at the conference 100 YEARS OF MUSICOLOGICAL SCHOLARSHIP IN FINLAND
Ilmari Krohn founded the Finnish Musicological Society in 1911. To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Finnish music scholarship, a celebration symposium will be held in Helsinki in March 2011, between 15-18. The event will be jointly organized by the Finnish Musicological Society, Finnish Ethnomusicological Society and University of Helsinki, Sibelius-Academy, and Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research.
Among the scheduled events of the conference, on March 17th, is scheduled presentation “M.K. Čiurlionis (1875-1911). Multimedia event, piano compositions and fine art slides”, performed by pianists Sonata and Rokas Zubovas.
The event will be co-hoasted by the Embassy of the Lithuanian Republic in Finland.
Čiurlionis’ Works presented in Yerevan
In 2011 the Diplomatic mission of the Lithuanian Republic in Yerevan, commemorating the twentieth anniversary of establishment of the diplomatic relationships between Lithuania and Armenia, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of death of M.K.Čiurlionis, organizes several cultural projects.
In March (9 – 31), to celebrate the Lithuanian Independence day, at the National gallery in Yerevan, the collection of high quality prints of M.K.Čiurlionis’ paintings will be exhibited to represent the life and work of the distinguished Lithuanian artist.
At the opening ceremony the the exhibition, Armenian pianist Armine Grigorian will perform piano works of Čiurlionis. The event will be attended by the Minister of Foreign Affaires of the Lithuanian Republic, Audronius Ažubalis.
By the agreement with the administration of the National Gallery of Armenia, the members of Lithuanian community will be allowed to attend the exhibition free of charge.
On July 12, to celebrate the State Day of Lithuania, in the Aram Hhachaturian Hall, The Armenian National Symphony Orchestra (conductor Eduard Topchjan) will perform symphonic poem of M.K.Čiurlionis “In the Forest”. The concert will also feature musicians from Lithuania and Singapore: Jonas Kublickas (guitar), Žilvinas Brazauskas (clarinet), Igor Kramarev (trumpet), Abigail Sin (piano).
Festival Dedicated to Grieg and Čiurlionis
The 14th Edvard Grieg and Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis Music Festival is taking place on the background of an important cultural anniversary. On 10 April 2011, we will mark the centenary of the death of Čiurlionis, which has been included in the list of anniversaries with which UNESCO is associated in 2011. So, this festival is like an introduction to all events dedicated to Čiurlionis.
This year’s festival will feature performances of Lithuanian National and Kaunas Symphony orchestras, St, Christopher chamber orchestra, Lithuanian soloists and an appearance by the Norwegian trumpeter, composer and producer Nils Petter Molvær, whose remarkable ease in handling the often contrary conventions of pop, rock, funk and modern jazz shows his strong interest in both acoustic and electronic music.
Announcing an International Conference “Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875–1911): His Time and Our Time”
Organisers of the conference, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Lithuanian Composers’ Union in association with the Vilnius Academy of Arts and Lithuanian Institute for Culture Research invite all Čiurlionis researchers to submit papers for the conference.
Date: 21–24 September 2011
Place: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius
As the 2011 marks one hundred years from the death of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, a century’s span gives a sufficient temporal perspective to ascertain that his work reflected the key processes of the turn in the history of European music, even though it was rarely performed during his lifetime and most of it remained in the manuscripts and unfinished sketches. At the turn of the 20th century his work represented an intersection of the Romantic idiom and the active signs of emerging modernism. The music of Čiurlionis contains many examples of his explorations in the field of cryptology and methods for ‘production’ of musical material, which opened new vistas for further structural and formal development of this material. Hailing from the sphere of romantic inspirations, his work was visionary, blazing a trail for New music of the 20th-century.
The music Čiurlionis composed in Warsaw, Leipzig, Druskininkai, Vilnius and Saint Petersburg absorbed the cultural atmosphere of the beginning of the 20th century. He is now regarded as the first classic of Lithuanian music. But the mysteries, signs, vocabulary and ideas of this “composer of music and paintings” (Olivier Messiaen) remain largely unread to this very day.
In solving the riddle of Čiurlionis the composer, Čiurlionis the painter – his alter ego – often lends a helping hand. Like the musical works of his counterpart, his paintings stem from the world of romantic mysticism and symbolism. As a painter he developed a poetic language and mixed colours from the modern palettes of surrealism and abstractionism with his brush steeped in metaphysics. Čiurlionis used tempera and small sheets of paper to create the vision of a perfect universe – an imaginary Babylon whose limits have exceeded those of the Eurocentric culture.
The four-day conference in Vilnius aims to delineate broad prospects for the future research of Čiurlionis’s work. We suggest the participants to revise the existing approaches and employ latest research as a starting point for achieving deeper understanding of Čiurlionis’s work. By discussing the causes of his prophetic insight and artistic intuition in the centennial perspective and with all recent methodologies at hand, this conference encourages to redefine the place of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis on the map of the 20th-century culture.
The organisers of this conference attempt to bring musicologists, art researchers, philosophers and scholars of cultural discourse together and encourage them to cooperate in developing a more comprehensive interdisciplinary research of Čiurlionis’s work. Papers are welcome in various formats and from various fields, related to the topics listed below. The final programme and group sessions of the conference will be announced upon receiving paper proposals.
For more information about M. K. Čiurlionis see: www.mic.lt/ciurlionis, www.ciurlionis.eu. For further information on Čiurlionis’s scores and recordings please contact Mr. Linas Paulauskis, Director of LMIPC, email: email@example.com
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In Milan ČIURLIONIADA has been launched
On November 20th, when Italy celebrates the Universal Children’s Day, the Municipality of Milan and the Lithuanian Embassy in Italy launched an educational project Children’s Right to Dream. The event is held parallel with the exhibition Čiurlionis: The Esoteric Journey 1875-1911 at the Palazzo Reale in Milan.
The objective of the project that will continue until the closing day of the exhibition is to introduce to the younger viewers to the works of M.K.Čiurlionis, to raise their interest in Lithuania, its history and culture. Around 10000 children will participate in the project.
Designed by the Municipality of Milan and the Lithuanian Embassy, the educational programme includes lectures at the Palazzo Reale on the life and work of Čiurlionis, music presentations, children’s discussions, exhibition of student artworks from the National M.K.Čiurlionis School of Art in Vilnius. Influenced by the great Lithuanian artists, children of Lombardy will also paint themselves, submitting their works to the contest at the end of the exhibition.
Ieva Gaižutytė, the author of the idea, the cultural attaché at the Lithuanian Embassy, comments, that “in an attempt to introduce Čiurlionis not only to the art lovers but also to the younger generation, we organized a certain „čiurlioniada“ – children will submerge themselves into the world of Čiurlionis, and will express their experiences in their own artworks”.
Final chord of the competition will be the experiment initiated by the Lithuanian Embassy: for the first time in the history, one of the most prestigious exhibition venues in the world will host the exhibition of children artwork. The best works of the children from schools of Lombardy will be selected to be exhibited simultaneously with the works of Čiurlionis on February 6-13, 2011 at the Palazzo Reale.
Two special catalogues Symphony of the Distant Land were published especially for the project. Designed for the children of age groups 5-9 and 10-16, they introduce the paintings of Čiurlionis exhibited in the Palazzo Reale in a language easily understandable for these age groups.
The exhibition Čiurlionis: The Esoteric Journey 1875-1911 is held in Milan between November 15, 2010 and February 13, 2011. This is the largest ever exhibition of the works of Čiurlionis in the Western Europe – a total of 137 articles from the collection of the National Čiurlionis Museum in Kaunas, including paintings, photographs, manuscripts and other artefacts are on display.