Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   Traditional Lithuanian
Arranger:   Vaclavos Augustinas
Publisher:   Hinshaw
Edition:   HMC-2197
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   A Cappella


Martha Graber
St. Paul Central High School 2010
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

A group of young virgins discover and mourn the death of a young soldier. This beautiful and haunting song was taught to the composer as a child by his father. The setting employs traditional and contemporary harmonization, overtone singing and aleatoric music. It is very approachable and is a piece that endures multiple performances and continued work. With each repetition, my students and I make new discoveries artistically, vocally and spiritually. A pronunciation guide is included and the publisher’s site has a lovely full recording.