Rekašius, Antanas , Lithuanian composer; b. Pauvandene, Telsiu, July 24, 1928. He studied composition with Juzeliunas at the Lithuanian State Cons. in Vilnius (1954–59). He taught at the J. Gruodis Music School in Kaunas (1959–69). His music is cast in a highly advanced idiom incorporating aleatory and sonoristic techniques.
DRAMATIC: Opera-oratorio: The Ballad of Light (1969). B a 1 1 e t: The Light of Happiness (1959); The Smouldering Cross (1963); Passions (1968); A Little Humming Fly, children’s ballet (1969); The First Sin (1992); 77K Spider and the Butterfly (1994). ORCH.: Dramatic Poem (1958); 9 syms. (1962, 1963, 1969, 1970, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1991); Concerto for Flute and Chamber Orch. (1971); Metafonia for Violin and Orch. (1972); Diafonia for Cello and Orch. (1972); Sonnets for Chamber Orch. (1974); Epitaph and Poem for Strings (1975); Auto College No. 1 (1977), No. 2 (1987), and No. 3 (1995); Emanations, concerto for Electric Cello and Chamber Ensemble (1981); Yet Not Enough, saxophone concerto (1998). CHAMBER: 6 string quartets (1954, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1985, 1991); 6 wind quintets (1974, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1991); 2 Capriccios for Flute and Oboe (1974, 1976); Sonata for Solo Flute (1975); Sonata for Solo Oboe (1976); Sonata for Solo Clarinet (1976); Sonata for Solo Horn (1976). VOCAL: Song cycles; children’s choruses.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire
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