ICEBERG SYMPHONY/ AISBERGAS for symphony orchestra (2000)

Raminta Šerkšnytė Iceberg Symphony/ Aisbergas. Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Robertas Šervenikas


„Aisbergas“ simfoniniam orkestrui (2000)

Kūrinio pavadinimas turi simbolinę bei perkeltinę prasmę. Bekraščiame vandenyne boluojantis ledkalnis visų pirma man asocijuojasi su mistika – nes tai, ką mes matome (aisbergo viršūnę), tėra tik mažoji dalis to, kas slypi giliai po vandeniu…

Raminta Šerkšnytė 

Iceberg Symphony for symphony orchestra (2000)

It was the composer’s Master’s diploma work, the image of which has developed in her mind since the beginning of her studies. It is also the first work in the series of Mountain trilogy. Form-wise, it is based on the alternation of contrasting sections and a sort of leitmotif system. Certain motifs reoccur in a different harmonic context each time. The image of a brilliant white crown of an iceberg, plunging into a boundless ocean, encircled by underwater currents was that idea which often flashed across the composer’s mind. She ‘paints’ this image by using multilayered textures, sparkling colours of instruments in their variety and interchange of dynamic spaces and perspectives. Naturally crystallising neo-tonal ‘icebergs’ of triads and seventh chords, the mutual attraction and repulsion between the major and the minor harmonies move the orchestral whirlpools and lead to a massive climax in the recapitulation, in which the scene suddenly becomes transparent enough to see what has been hidden ‘under water’…

Linas Paulauskis



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DURATION: ca. 15′

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CD Raminta Šerkšnytė – Vortex – LMIPC CD049, 2007 

De profundis, Mountains in the Mist, Oriental Elegy, Vortex, Iceberg Symphony


Sat 18 NOV 2023 | 7:00 p.m.

Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra

Cond. Maximiano Valdés

Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius (LT)

Programme: R. Šerkšnytė, J. SibeliusE. Grieg


Thu 16 NOV 2023 | 6:30 p.m.

Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra

Cond. Maximiano Valdés

Klaipėda Concert Hall, Klaipėda (LT)

Programme: R. Šerkšnytė, J. SibeliusE. Grieg