SUTARTINĖS (LITHUANIAN MULTIPART SONGS)

The Lithuanian Multipart Songs or Sutartinės were inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010. Sutartinės (from the word ‘sutarti’, ‘derėti’ – to be in concordance, harmonise) is a phenomenon of the Lithuanian traditional music. It is an ancient form of polyphony originating from before the christening of Lithuania. There are various known genres of Sutartinės, such as work songs (rye harvest, flax pulling, etc.), songs for public holidays (Eastern, Užgavėnės or Lithuanian Mardi Gras, Pentecost, etc.) and wedding, family, war and historic songs, as well as songs of other genres. Texts are rich in archaic refrains and onomatopoeia which meaning nowadays can only be guessed. 

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