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WOVEN: THE MUSIC OF EGIDIJA MEDEKŠAITĖ

  • Christopher Fox

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The Lithuanian composer Egidija Medekšaitė (b. 1979) has developed a practice in which she uses the principles of textile weaving to make musical compositions. This article introduces a series of works created in the last three years in which she has refined these techniques; it also considers the nature of the relationship between the textile patterns that Medekšaitė uses as the basis for these works and the resultant music. In particular the article focuses on an analytical account of four works: Âkâsha for string orchestra (2015), the string quartet Megh Malhar (2016), a setting of the Nunc dimittis (2018), and Sattva for electronics and accordion (2018).

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1 Feldman, Morton, ‘Toronto Lecture, 17 April 1982’, Morton Feldman Says: Selected Interviews and Lectures 1964–1987, ed. Villars, Chris (London: Hyphen Press, 2006), p. 148.

2 Forster, E.M., Howards End (London: Edward Arnold, 1910), p. 21.

3 Mora, Manolete, ‘Tune and Textile: Interrelatedness in the Music and Weaving Arts of the T'boli’, UP Diliman Journals, 9, no. 2 (2012), p. 3.

4 Egidija Medekšaitė, ‘Mapping Textile Patterns into Sonic Experience’ (PhD thesis, Durham University, 2016), pp. 17–18.

5 Egidija Medekšaitė, ‘Mapping Textile Patterns’, p. 21.

6 Egidija Medekšaitė, ‘Mapping Textile Patterns’, p. 46.

7 ‘Composer EGIDIJA MEDEKŠAITĖ: “My music is the compilation of Indian music and textile mapping”’, at www.radikaliai.lt/garsas-sound/3639-composer-egidija-medeksaite-my-music-is-the-compilation-of-indian-music-and-textile-mapping, accessed 27 November 2018.

8 Egidija Medekšaitė, Âkâsha, title pages.

9 Egidija Medekšaitė, Megh Malhar (2016), introduction to the score.

11 Egidija Medekšaitė, Sattva (2018), introduction to the score.

WOVEN: THE MUSIC OF EGIDIJA MEDEKŠAITĖ

  • Christopher Fox

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