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Peer Gynt

Nano opera

Musical dramaturgy of the nanoopera is created using string instruments, performing Orphic-sounding music, as well as female voice and saxophone – symbolising inner freedom, beauty, and human nature.

In the drama by Henrik Ibsen the wanderer Peer Gynt discovers a journey of both body and spirit while peeling an onion, opposite to Hamlet’s journey in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet that only leads into himself. The composer of this nanoopera concentrated on the spiritual journey, the vector of which is directed to the person, both inwards and outwards. Then the spiritual crisis will bypass the wanderer… a being of reason will find knowledge and happiness. Peer Gynt’s outward journey brought him to an inner crisis, and only in his old days did he find value in what was near, within reach. The term “near” is one’s “inner-spiritual” action on the outside. Idea and composition emerged during the residence in Druskininkai provided by the Lithuanian Composers’ Union.

Composer Antanas Jasenka