“The music from the Lithuanian composer Onutė Narbutaitė is utterly enthralling,” said music critic François Hudry. He described her piece Was There a Butterfly? (2013) as “an ostinato abuzz with colour and mystery.” In 2017, this work for string orchestra was nominated among the recommended works in the 64th International Rostrum of Composers. During the subsequent year this piece has been broadcast by 23 radio stations from around the world. The piece has been performed by the chamber orchestras in Lithuania and abroad, featured at several major European festivals, but has never been heard in Klaipėda before.
“The butterfly flew onto the work’s title only after it was completed, but it was not accidental. While writing the piece, it kept fluttering around in various shapes, in the corner of my mind, like a mysterious breath, a shadow of Psyche. In the ancient Greek language, the word psyche had many derivative meaning, including “soul”, “breath” and “butterfly,” says the composer. As Latvian music journalist Inese Lūsiņa pointed out after the work’s Latvian premiere in Riga, “as if it were an ultimate revolt against the routine, dynamic, fragmented rhythm of our lives, this piece pulls you in… The strength of Onutė Narbutaitė’s work lies in the world of orchestral and instrumental chamber music sounds, rich in creative discoveries and ingenuity.