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Sung poetry

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Alina Orlova at a concert

Sung poetry is a broad and imprecise music genre widespread in European countries, such as Poland and the Baltic States especially Lithuania, to describe songs consisting of a poem (most often a ballad) and music written specially for that text. The compositions usually feature a delicate melody and scarce musical background, often comprising a guitar or piano. Usually used are arranged pieces of poetry accompanied by the traditional instruments of the bards: guitar, lute, Celtic harp, zither, Kanklės, violin or piano. This genre is represented by many famous artists whose activities are not limited to this. Some sung poetry performers are singer-songwriters; others use known, published poems, or collaborate with contemporary writers. Artists of sung poetry include people of various occupations usually with little or no particular music education, as well as stage actors.

Notable Lithuanian and Polish artists include Vytautas Kernagis, Kostas Smoriginas, Ieva Narkutė, Alina Orlova, Ewa Demarczyk, Edyta Geppert, Marek Grechuta, Czesław Niemen, Jacek Kaczmarski, Magda Umer

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