Nunc fluens. Nunc stans for percussion and strings

Žibuoklė Martinaitytė is a Lithuanian composer living in the United States of America. Her music is distinguished by theatrical character, modernity, an associative atmosphere that generates a sense of space. In 2019, the composer won two gold medals at the prestigious Global Music Awards, and in 2020, she was awarded the Lithuanian Government Culture and Art Prize.

“In sounds, I seek the hidden meaning that lies within every atom of this universe. I want to ask an existential question and to find answer to it with every new composition”, said Martinaitytė. The title of the work written in 2020 came from Boethius’ Latin dictum “Nunc fluens facit tempus. Nunc stans facit aeternitatum”, which translates into English as “The now that passes produces time, the now that remains produces eternity”. This idea of possible different experience of the present – one passing and the other standing still – resonated greatly with the current period of the virus pandemic. “Suddenly we all found ourselves in a time where there is only the present. The future is gone for a while, because thinking about it seems a bit absurd – after all, it may not come. The past has also rubbed off, turned into a dream from some time ago… We only have the present, which seems to have lost its flow, stopped and froze for a while”, said the composer. Nunc fluens. Nunc stans for percussion and strings is a diptych, the two movements of which are performed without interruption. The first reflects the flowing time and the second the stagnant time. Performers of the premiere of the work: soloist Pavel Giunter, one of the most famous Lithuanian percussionists, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, conductor Vilmantas Kaliūnas.

PUBLISHED: 2020-12-05