The work of composer Silvija Miliūnaitė-Bliūdžiuvienė (b. 1993) represents the mature voice of the young artist whose work is steeped in tradition rather than driven by the desire for experiments and revolution.
In her work, she finds a perfect blend of tradition with modern means of musical expression.
Despite her young age, the composer has already built up a substantial oeuvre of musical compositions, predominantly, in the genres of chamber and choral music. Her choral works characteristically demonstrate a proficient use of diverse choral textures, a close linkage of text and music, and moderately modern means of musical expression. No wonder that a number of her choral works have repeatedly attracted notice and garnered several awards at choral music competitions. Yet another of her favourite genres is one of the most demanding among various types of chamber ensembles – that is, the music for string quartet.
One can instantly note Miliūnaitė-Bliūdžiuvienė’s individualized, unconventional approach to each new composition. Her works often display minimalist structures and a noticeable tendency towards reduction of musical material. She uses expressive means quite sparingly and sensibly. Such creative method lends a particularly intimate, poetic quality to her music, which is written as if the composer is having a direct, personal conversation with the listener. Stylistic shift, which, according to Miliūnaitė-Bliūdžiuvienė, has been underway in the past few years, gave vent to neoromantic tendencies and manifestations of certain poetic programmes in her music where intense dramatic development and a wide range of contrasting emotions have always played an important part. It is increasingly often now that the composer sets out to write large-scale compositions, such as her Concerto for violin and orchestra, ballet “When Toys come to life”.
Her solid reputation as a composer also rests on frequent collaborations with the renowned Lithuanian soloists and collectives, which had thus far included violinist Džeraldas Bidva, Indrė Baikštytė, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Jauna Muzika Choir, Bel Canto Choir Vilnius, and the Art Vio String Quartet, among many others.
Review of Silvija Miliūnaitė-Bliūdžiuvienė’s work By Rasa Murauskaitė
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