Bronius Kutavičius

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Bronius Kutavičius
Birth nameBronius Vaidutis Kutavičius
Born (1932-09-13) 13 September 1932 (age 88)
Molainiai, Panevėžys, Lithuania

Bronius Kutavičius (born 1932 in Molainiai, Panevėžys district municipality, Lithuania) is a Lithuanian composer. From 1959 to 1964 Kutavičius studied Music Composition at the Lithuanian State Conservatory in lt:Antanas Račiūnas's composition class in Vilnius. He has written numerous oratorios and operas, among them The Last Pagan Rites, Lokys the Bear and The Gates of Jerusalem. He won the Lithuanian State Prize in 1995, and the prize of the Probaltica Festival in Toruń (Poland) in 1996. Most of the works of B. Kutavičius are inspired by ancient Lithuanian polytheistic belief and music.

Selected works[edit]

  • Sonata for viola and piano (1968)
  • Ant kranto (On the Shore) for soprano and 4 violas (1972); words by Jonas Mekas
  • Dzūkiškos Variacijos (Dzuk Variations) (1978)
  • The Last Pagan Rites, oratorio (1978)
  • Strazdas žalias paukštis (Thrush, the Green Bird), opera-poem (1981); libretto by Sigitas Geda
  • Iš Jotvingių Akmens (From the Yotvingian Stone) (1983)
  • Pasaulio Medis (The Tree of the World) (1986)
  • The Gates of Jerusalem (1991–95)
  • Epitaphium temporum pereunti (1998)
  • Lokys (The Bear), opera (2000) - commissioned by the Vilnius Festival (2000), to libretto by US based Aušra Marija Sluckaitė-Jurašienė after Prosper Mérimée's short story Lokis the bear. This afterwards entered the repertoire of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.
  • Ignes et fides (Fire and Faith, 2003)[1] - combining opera, ballet and oratorio.
  • Joys of Spring (2005)

Full list of works is on MICL page


Vinyl (Selected)[edit]

1971 Melodiya 33SM-2887-8 (10") - Avinuko Pėdos, vokalinis ciklas: V. Adamkevičius & Styginis kvintetas. Texts by O. Baliukonytė, V. Rudokas & S. Geda. Part of LP "Lietuvių Tarybinių Kompozitorių Kameriniai-Vokaliniai Kūriniai"
1973 Melodiya 33SM-04251/2 - Stygnis Kvartetas (String Quartet) Nr. 1 (1971): Vilniaus kvartetas. Together with string quartets by Vytautas Barkauskas & Vytautas Juozapaitis.
1978 Melodiya 33 S10–10595-96 - Prutyana ("Zanesennaya derevnya"): lt:Leopoldas Digrys (organ), E. Digris (violin), L. Duker (bell). One piece on this LP of organ music played by lt:Leopoldas Digrys.
1980 Melodiya S30-11963/4 - Metauela: Honoured song & Dance Ensemble of Vilnius V. Kapsukas University, dir. V. Alexandavicius. One piece on this LP - words traditional.
1979 Melodiya S10-12535/6 - Dzūkiškos Variacijos (Dzuk Variations) / Praeities Laikrodžiai (Hours of the Past) / Mažasis Spektaklis (Little Play): Lietuvos kamerinis orkestras / Vilniaus kvartetas etc.
1979 Melodiya S42-12623/4 (7") - Eilės: Sigitas Geda: Nijolė Gelžinytė (reading) / Vilniaus Kvartetas.
1981 Melodiya S10-14359/60 - Baroko siliaus variacijos: Vilniaus B. Dvariono Muzikos Mokyklos Strygnis Orkestras (String Orchestra of the B. Dvarenas Music School, Vilnius), dir. Vitautas Kabelis. One piece on this LP.
1982 Melodiya S10-18773/4 - Jubiliejinis koncertas (Jubilee Concert): Paskutinės Pagonių Apeigos (The Last Pagan Rites) / Du Paukščiai Girių Ūksmėj (Two Birds in the Thick of the Woods): Giedrė Kaukaitė / Vilniaus M. K. Čiurlionio vidurinės meno mokyklos choras dir. Rimantas Zdanavičius
1985 Melodiya S10 22333 006 - Lietuvių Kompozitorių Kūriniai Fortepijonui (Lithuanian Composers' Works for Piano) - Sonata. Together with works by V. Laurušas, F. Bajoras & Osvaldas Balakauskas: Birutė Vainiūnaitė
1987 Le Chant du Monde LDC 78037 (5-LP set) - 1953-1983: Trente Ans De Musique Sovietique: Paskutinės Pagonių Apeigos (The Last Pagan Rites). This is a repress of Melodiya side 18773 above.
1990 Melodiya S10-29285 009 - Iš Jotvingių Akmens (From the Yotvingian Stone) / Pasaulio Medis (The Tree of the World)
1990 Melodiya S10 29435 008 - Du koliažai: Liuda & Kęstutis Grybauskas - Fortepijoninis Duetas (Piano Duets). One piece on this LP.

CD (Selected)[edit]

2001 Bronius Kutavičius 1. Last Pagan Rites, oratorio for chorus, horn & organ. lt:Leopoldas Digrys (Organ) 2. Epitaphium Temporum Pereunti, symphony oratorio for chorus & orchestra Conductor lt:Robertas Šervenikas. CD, Ondine[2]
2003 Bronius Kutavičius opera Lokys (The Bear). 2CD, Ondine[3] EAN 0761195102121
2015 Bronius Kutavičius The Seasons: Oratorio. CD, Toccata Classics.[4] EAN 5060113442000

Full list of releases and recordings is on MICL.

Film scores[edit]

Full list is on Lithuanian film center page


  • B. Kutavičius. Oratorio Seasons following Kristijonas Donelaitis (for the first time whole oratorio performed). Performers: chamber choir Jauna muzika, The Vilnius City Municipality St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra. Reciter - D. Meškauskas, Conductor D. Katkus (2012-01-01). B. Kutavičius. Oratorija "Metai" (Video) (in Lithuanian). LRT. Retrieved 2018-05-11.


  1. ^ Gaidamavičiūtė, Rūta. "Bronius Kutavičius: By Fire and with Faith". Retrieved 1 December 2018. Over the years, Bronius Kutavičius' ability to create an acoustic image of history has become widely acknowledged. It is therefore no coincidence that he was commissioned by the state to write a large-scale work commemorating the 750th anniversary of the coronation of Lithuania's first and only king, Mindaugas. The composer wrote Ignis et fides (Fire and Faith) for solo voices, reciters, choir and symphony orchestra, plus some folk instruments. This diptych will unite two dates of importance for Lithuania: the first mention of the name of Lithuania in historical sources, and the coronation of King Mindaugas.
  2. ^ booklet with liner notes and synopsis in English and the libretto in the original Lithuanian and in English
  3. ^ booklet with liner notes and synopsis in English and German
  4. ^ "The Seasons: Oratorio. Bronius Kutavičius". Retrieved 13 May 2018.

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