Commissioned by the Lithuanian National Philharmonic for the concert series “Viva Musica Via Baltica” (Vilnius - European Capital of Culture) and composed for Sinfonietta Rīga
The structure of the two-layered score of “Elongation of Nights” reminds of the elongation of night while the day is getting shorter: one layer is setting down and getting quieter which makes way for the second layer that becomes louder and pulsates with elongating sounds. Every player has its own part (21 in total) similar to the echoes of a canon, thus such a monochromatic orchestra sounds like a utopian 84 string instrument. The harmony of the piece is based entirely on fifths, derived from the natural tuning of strings. Morton Feldman would have probably called such piece as “Fifths in my Life”.
Dedicated to autumning Vilnius.
Released by the Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre in 2010 in "Zoom in 8: new music from Lithuania".
Sinfonietta Rīga | cond. Normunds Šnē
Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra | cond. Risto Joost or Robertas Šervenikas
BBC National Orchestra of Wales | cond. Garry Walker
National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova | cond. Robertas Šervenikas
Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra | cond. Rodrigo Tomillo
Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra Wroclaw | cond. Ernst Kovacic Philharmonie Brno | cond. Maciej Tworek String Orchestra of Brooklyn | cond. Eli Spindel
"In the music of Justė Janulytė the sound unfolds as an autonomous event, with incredible lightness, as a confluence of energies, which transform it into increasingly dilated harmonies. No beat, no apparent rhythm, just the ‘deaf’ pulsation perhaps, a downtempo, as some kinds of the electronic music are qualified; the swelling of intensities, the saturation of space, and then eventual return to the state of calm, which is already different, marked and disturbed. The importance of material that found reflection in the titles of her works: Textile (for orchestra, 2006), Aquarelle (for choir, 2007), Silence of the Falling Snow (for two pianos, 2006), Endings (for 4 saxophones, 2005)... But the most important is metamorphosis, a very personal one and therefore instantly recognisable. This is not the telluric forces in Xenakis, or the atomic process in Ligeti, but rather an irradiant form. Elongation of Nights, the second score for string orchestra after the White Music, with which the composer made her public debut in 2004, gives a good example of such radiation. Some kind of timeless, floating metamorphosis. A strikingly innovative dramaturgy of sound..." Antoine Gindt | MUSICA festival brochure, 2011