Žibuoklė Martinaitytė (b. 1973) is a Lithuanian composer whose orchestral music has links to the French Spectral school, minimalism, and the world of Pärt, Silvestrov, and the “spiritual minimalists”. That is an awful lot of isms, but it is merely my attempt to place her work in perspective. She is interested in sonority (like the Spectralists), but her sonorities are not those made by dissonant avant-garde techniques. Martinaitytė has moved beyond all that: she uses tonal harmonies and, while her textures are highly imaginative, she tends to avoid ugly noise. Nor is her music feel-good New Age doodling: she recognises the symphony orchestra has immense power that can be summoned up.

Žibuoklė Martinaitytė: Saudade album artwork

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