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Mindaugas Urbaitis


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Mindaugas Urbaitis once was the most radical minimalist in Lithuania, scandalizing the local audience with prolonged compositions built from endless repetitions of seemingly unchanging material (such as hour-long Trio for three melodic instruments, 1982) - which attests the direct influence of early American minimalism. The works by Urbaitis of this period, characterized by particular rationalism, integrity and purity, could be compared to ornamental patterns or geometric abstractions. Starting from the late 80’s, his idiom becomes less ascetic, as he started to construct his compositions around the clearly recognizable fragments of music by composers from the past (such as Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Bruckner, Wagner, Piazzolla). The composer himself uses the terms “re-composition”, or “recycling”, to describe his present composition method.

Mindaugas Urbaitis (b.1952) graduated from Prof.Dr. Julius Juzeliūnas’ composition class at the Lithuanian State Conservatoire (now Lithuanian Academy of Music) in 1975, and completed postgraduate studies in 1977. In 1979-96 Mindaugas Urbaitis was a member of the Board of Lithuanian Composers’ Union, in 1991-96 - its chairman. In 1991-94 vicepresident of the LATGA (Lithuanian Copyright Protection Association), in 1994-96 - president. At present he is an associate professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music, lectures on European post-war music, the 20th century American music, and on the advanced composition techniques. In 1991-95 Mindaugas Urbaitis organized international Baltic music festivals Gaida.

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  • anniegirl16

    I heard your choral work based on Mozart's Lacrimosa from the Requiem. It was incredible!!!! I am a music teacher living at this time in Shanghai and listening to the BBC3 Radio where I heard this work. I plan to let a professional chamber choir conductor know of this piece in Houston TX USA and to enjoy learning more about your other compositions. It was really wonderful and I would like to get a recording of this work.

    6 May 2010 Reply

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