The “Gloria Lietuvai” Project will Encourage Listening to the History of Lithuania

To celebrate the Centennial of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania, the “Gloria Lietuvai” project will encourage to remember the bells of Lithuania, a symbol of the nation’s freedom and rebirth. Till February 2018,  the creative team of the project will record the sound of the most notable bells in Lithuania, which will be heard on 16 February 2018 in the work “Gloria Lietuvai” dedicated to the Centennial of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania.

Bells are a link between history and the present day

“The “Gloria Lietuvai” project invites to listen to the sound of bells in Lithuania, to look at Lithuania through a bell tower window. Because the sound of bells is like a live continuation of history, asking to focus and to pass down its meaning to future generations. Today we have an opportunity to ring the bells for tomorrow,” Dalius Abaris, the author of the idea, comments on the meaning of the project.

According to him, the idea to create a work that would draw attention to the bells of Lithuania was born several years ago. Gradually it took form and crystallised and the Centennial of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania was the perfect occasion to use bells to connect Lithuania’s past to the present and at the same time to pass it down to future generations.

The sound of the oldest and the most famous bells was recorded

The creative team of the project has already started visiting the towns and villages of Lithuania to record and film the most important bells in the country as well as views from the bell towers’ windows or the bell towers themselves. A symbolic number will be perpetuated: one hundred most notable bells in Lithuania.  The sound of the oldest bells in Lithuania (in Kriaunos, Ramygala, Kelmė) as well as of the most modern bells that announced the Millennium of Lithuania was recorded. The symbol of the Independence of Lithuania. the Liberty Bell, which was cast in 1919 by Lithuanian Americans to commemorate the country’s Independence, will sound as well.

The creative team of the project will not only visit the locations of the most notable historical bells, but also the locations of bells that are important to Lithuanians on an emotional level; bells that invite the representatives of all traditional Christian denominations in Lithuania to pray. Each of them tells its own memorable story.

Their sounds and histories will be combined in one work dedicated to the Centennial of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania.

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Surround sound will be included in the work as well

Composers Raminta Šerkšnytė, Anatolijus Šenderovas, Mindaugas Urbaitis, Vaclovas Augustinas, and Linas Rimša joined forces to create the work. Already today, they are preparing a gift to celebrate the Centennial of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania by creating works inspired by the bells’ history, sound, and rhythm. The most special bells in the country may be seen and heard in “Gloria Lietuvai”, a unique musical piece by Kipras Mašanauskas.

“Gloria Lietuvai” is a piece for the philharmonic orchestra, a mixed choir and electronic musical instruments, and its main axis is the accompaniment of a hundred bells.  The technologically complex piece will unite the performers on the scene of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and  bell-ringers from various Lithuanian cities and towns. Visual solutions will be given particular emphasis and emotions will be amplified by using surround sound in the LNOBT for the first time. “Gloria Lietuvai” will also combine archaic, academic, and modern sound.  “Gloria Lietuvai” is constant forward motion, like the ticking of the history clock, containing… us,” composer K. Mašanauskas reveals the theme of the piece.

The première of these original works will take place on 16 February 2018, during the solemn event to celebrate the Centennial of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania. Next time, we will hear the bells accompaniment on 6 July, during the Song Festival, when the National Hymn will be traditionally sung all over the world.

The “Gloria Lietuvai” project is one of the projects dedicated to the Centennial of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania. The project is supervised by Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of the Republic of Lithuania.

The author of the idea of the “Gloria Lietuvai” project is Dalius Abaris, co-authors: Kipras Mašanauskas, Romas Lileikis, Edita Mildažytė. Project consultants: historians Gintautas Žalėnas, Liudas Jovaiša, Aurimas Švedas.

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