Cover Osteuropa 6/2008

In Osteuropa 6/2008

“Lord, Your Country is Burning!”
The Baltic: Resistance from the Spirit of Music

Jūratė Landsbergytė

Deutsche Fassung


The influence of the Soviet dictatorship on the music of the Baltic is reflected in Baltic minimalism. The development of the intonational cell represents a milestone in which folkloric elements and intonations merge with modern techniques of composition. Baltic minimalism is a form of resistance. Compositions are dedicated to the philosophy of time, history, and memory as well as religious spheres. Its most important representatives are Arvo Pärt, Bronius Kutavičius, and Pēteris Vasks. Lithuania in particular has seen the development of a diverse musical culture, which is linked by an autonomous colour of tone.

(Osteuropa 6/2008, pp. 357–372)