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Sutartines, Lithuanian Multipart Songs


Language: English

Sutartines (from the word sutarti - to be in concordance) is a form of polyphonic music performed by female singers in north-east Lithuania. The songs have simple melodies, with two to five pitches, and comprise two distinct parts: a meaningful main text and a refrain that may include nonce words. There are almost forty different styles and ways of performing Sutartin?s. Mainly, they can be performed by two singers in parallel seconds; by three singers in strict canon, all performing both phrases of the melody at staggered intervals; or by two groups of singers, the lead singer of each pair singing the main text, while the partner sings the refrain, before the second pair repeats. The poetic texts encompass many themes, including work, calendar rituals, weddings, family, wars, history and moments of daily life. Choreography is uncomplicated and movements are moderate, often austere, such as walking in the form of a circle or star while linking arms and stamping feet. Sutartin?s are performed on solemn occasions, as well as festivals, concerts and social gatherings. Their performance promotes the sharing of cultural values and provides a feeling of cultural identity, continuity and self-esteem. Sutartin?s are usually sung by women, but men perform instrumental versions on pan-pipes, horns, long wood trumpets, fipple flutes and plucked zithers.


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Place/region: Lithuania, Europe
Series: 2010 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
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Director: Juozas Javaitis
Publisher: Lithuanian Folk Culture Center
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Rights: Lithuanian Folk Culture Center
 

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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: AVFONDS-CLTITH-2010-0043300011
Source ref.: DOC:0043300011 - CAND:00433
Rights holder: UNESCO ; Lithuanian Folk Culture Center
Additional info: Also part of this item: CLTITH-2010-0043300002