PAPARČIAI RESIDENCE

 

In 2014 Canto Fiorito started its first residence in Paparčiai, a small village with beautiful cultural initiatives and rich cultural past, dating the activites of Dominican Monastery in the XVII century. In 2015-2016 Canto Fiorito is continuing the residence. Each year the residence consists of three projects, dedicated to local communities. The Paparciai Residence is funded by the Dulcimer Foundation for Music.

 


2016


THE BALTIC EASTER

3 April 2016

This Residence project aims to restore the Paparačiai Church organ, which is not usable nowadays, and to grant the community the ability to play it during the masses and concerts.

After the restoration Canto Fiorito will perform the organ inauguration concert "The Baltic Easter". This concert will be the first presentation in Lithuania of the “St. Matthew Passion” by Johan Valentin Meder – a German composer who lived and worked most of his life in the Baltics (Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Kaliningrad) around 1700. His “St. Matthew Passion” is an influential work, as it is anticipates some stylistic feature of the famous Bach Passions – e.g. setting the words of Jesus in arioso style. It will contribute to the knowledge of the musical heritage rleated to the Lithuanian Grand Duchy.


2015


THE BRIDGE OF TIME 2: ORAL AND WRITTEN MUSIC TRADITIONS

1-6 July 2016 at Paparciai Hall

Participants: folklore ensembles "Vilnelė", "Nedėja", "Žilvita"

 

This Residence project is a continuation of the work with Lithuanian Folk Music ensembles, which have participated in the Residence in 2014. The human and musical exchanges have been very strong, the ensembles expressed their strong wish to continue learning and working together, thus Canto Fiorito repeats the project aiming to further explore and deepen the analysis of the relationship between the elements of melody, polyphony, ornamentation and improvisation as well as storytelling in oral and written music traditions. The historically informed performance as we know today has some gaps concerning the fidelity of its interpretation. Even relying on the careful study of primary sources like music manuscripts and theoretical treatises we still cannot be sure about the authenticity of our interpretation. The written music tradition evolved in different styles, and some instruments changed considerably or even disappeared. That is why in many cases historically informed performers approach oral tradition musicians to have a fresher view about the way of performing early music. In the other hand, the folk ensembles gain knowledge about medieval, renaissance or baroque written music tradition, benefit from learning about the specific musical tools of the written tradition – the musical elements which they usually apply by intuition.


MEDIEVAL, RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE STYLES IN MUSIC AND VISUAL ART

Commented concerts in the exhibitions of pupils' artworks

19 November 2015, Elektrėnai Art School

20 November 2015, Kaišiadorys Art School

21 November 2015, Paparčiai Hall

 

This Residence project is a continuation of work wih the art schools of Paparciai satellite cities Elektrenai and Kaisiadorys - the same cities and art schools, where the presentations of the historically informed performance were organised during the Residence in 2014. The former project was specifically designed for the pupils and teachers of music. This project aims at involving also the pupils of visual arts. The kids were asked by their art teachers to create drawings or paintings based on the main principles of three different styles - medieval, renaissance and baroque - presented in the guidelines prepared by Canto Fiorito ensemble. A selection of these works is exposed in the eduactional concerts of the Canto Fiorito ensemble, with the comments about the relationship between music and the paintings, giving the broad interdisciplinary understanding of the three styles.


2014


GIOVANNI BATTISTA COCCIOLA. VOCAL MUSIC OF THE XVII CENTURY VILNIUS

Seminars for the local choirs Paparčiai Vocal Ensemble and choir "Con Moto" and the final concert

7-12 June 2014

 

This Residence is dedicated to introducing the local amateur choirs the knowledge about early baroque vocal style and basics of historically informed performance. The choirs rehearse together with Canto Fiorito some pieces of Giovanni Battista Cocciola, a great composer that lived and worked in Vilnius at the beginning of the XVII century, and perform them at the final commented concert of the project.

 


THE BRIDGE OF TIME: ORAL AND WRITTEN MUSIC TRADITIONS

Seminar and concert together with the folk ensembles Vilnelė, Verpeta, Nedėja and Žilvita

12-17 August 2014

 

This Residence project is a creative laboratory to explore and compare the elements of melody, polyphony, ornamentation and improvisation in Lithuanian folk music and early written music, aiming to share knowledge and produce a concert program, uniting the oral and written music traditions.


VIAGGIO MUSICALE: A MUSICAL TRIP IN XVII-XVIII CENTURY EUROPE

Visualized presentations of historically informed performance with live examples for local music schools 

24 November 2014, Elektrėnai Art School

25 November 2014, Kaišiadorys Art School

26 November 2014, Paparčiai Hall

 

This Residence project is dedicated to the teachers and pupils of regional musical schools, which have absolutely no access to early music. The presentations about historically informed performance with live examples is  a starting point for continuous future pedagogical activities.