"Chants about Death" is a folk oratorio-mystery created in 2007 by the composer Antanas Kučinskas, dedicated to reflection on the journey of human existence. The choral score of the piece is created using fragments of old Lithuanian religious texts (archaic poetry of the Lithuanian Baroque, first Lithuanian Christian hymns, laments) and the musical intonations, rhythms, and melodies of those ancient prayers - canticles.
"Chants about Death" is a ritualistic contemplation of the fragility of human existence, accompanying the soul to eternity, in which the chants are an appeal to the eternal God to whom this earthly being obeys.
The premiere of the work took place on 22-Jul-2007 at Tytuvėnai summer festival.
2. Chant about Existence
3. Ritual I
4. Psalm I
5. Chant about Transiency
6. Chant about Fate
7. Psalm II
8. Chant about Approaching Death
9. Psalm III
10. Chant about Reconciliation
11. Ritual II
12. Psalm IV
14. Glorification Chant
Composer: Antanas Kučinskas
Text by Birutė Mar
Viktoras Bakys, Arūnas Dikčius, Romualdas Gražinis, Vaidotas Gutauskas, Virginija Karpovičiūtė, Liutauras Milišauskas, Austė Nakienė, Daiva Račiūnaitė-Vyčinienė, Eglė Sereičikienė, Vilius Tumalavičius, Šarūnas Visockis, Stasė Žaltauskaitė – chanters (2–12, 14)
Gintaras Sarapinas (trumpet), Donatas Byčenka (trumpet), Jan Ustinovič (baritone), Aleksandras Šamaninas (tuba) – brass players (1, 4, 7, 9, 12–14)
Band leader Eimantas Anskaitis
Music director Romualdas Gražinis
Publisher New Music Communication Centre
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