This is the world premiere performance of Ramūnas Motiekaitis’ new piece for cello and strings titled (un)fulfilment. It was commissioned by the Lithuanian Composers’ Union and written especially for the 2020 “Music of Changes” Festival. Faithful to his specific minimalist aesthetic that he has advocated since his earliest pieces, Motiekaitis introduces his new work in the following lines: “Drops varying in structure and weight. Framed by the regular cycles and silence. The beauty of matter – scratching, whispering, clicking, undulating. The doors are opening gradually in some of the cycles: the open strings are being set free, and we are allowed to get a glimpse inside. Nothing can be seen there. If something was seen though, then it would be doubted what was really seen. It’s a risky music, not necessarily meant to fulfil the expectations of the audience, performers and the composer himself. But even this being the case it remains the authentic document of one’s life and one’s time period.”
The solo cello part in Motiekaitis’ piece is performed by Mindaugas Bačkus, Artistic Director of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra and an ebullient performer whose talent and enthusiasm have inspired quite a few new scores that have been first introduced to the audience thanks to his effort.