Danute Petrauskaite

Life and Works of a Musicologist

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Curriculum Vitae


I was born on October 15, 1952, in Vilnius, Lithuania. From 1953 to 1973, I lived in Kaunas, and there I finished High School No 12, and later, the Kaunas Juozas Gruodis Music School (the present Juozas Gruodis Conservatoire). In 1973 - 1978, I studied History of Music at the Lithuanian State Conservatoire (the present Academy of Music). After graduating from it, I lived in Vilnius and worked as a music editor in the Music Department of Lithuanian TV for two years.
From 1980, when I moved to Klaipeda, I have been teaching subjects of musicology at the Klaipëda Faculties of the Lithuanian State Conservatoire (the present Arts Faculty of the University of Klaipeda). In 1986, I started studying the history of musical life and music pedagogy in the region of Klaipeda, and in 1987, I started an extra-mural post-graduate course in Theory and History of Pedagogy at the University of Vilnius. I graduated from it in 1992, and in 1993, I completed a PhD thesis in Educology “Klaipeda Music School as a Pedagogical System and its Significance for Musical Education in Lithuania in the Period between Two World Wars”. At that time I was interested in the first modern Lithuanian composers as Jeronimas Kacinskas and Vytautas Bacevicius, who were well known composers not only in Lithuania but in Europe too. I published a number of articles and works about them, and in 1987, I joined the Lithuanian Composers’ Association as a musicologist.
In 1991, I was doing research work in the Lithuanian Studies and Research Centre in Chicago, in the Putnam “Alka” archives near Boston, and the result of my research was a book “Jeronimas Kac inskas: Life and Musical Activities”, published in Vilnius in 1997. Now this book is enough popular in Lithuania and in Boston. (You can read about it in the Internet: http://www.channel1.com/users/gsilvis/jk.htm). Having supplemented my PhD thesis with new materials, I wrote a book “The Klaipeda Music School in 1923 - 1939”. In 1995, it was awarded Dr. Vydunas Prize of the Foundation of Lithuania Minor, and it was published in 1998 in Klaipeda. In the same year, my research on the Lithuanian exile singer Prudencija Bickiene was published in Chicago.
I published more than 50 articles in Lithuania and the USA, made a number of reports in International Conferences. I am a member of the International “Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies”. In 1994, I became Associate Professor at Klaipëda University. Since 2001 I am the Director of Musicology Institute at Klaipeda Universtiy. The last years I gave the biggest attention to the music activities of Lithuanians in the USA. The most famous Lithuanian composers in North America were Jeronimas Kacinskas and Vytautas Bacevicius. They started using atonality in their compositions and tried to change the stagnation point of nationality view in music. The newest work of mine is the article about the composer and pianist Vytautas Bacevicius, which is published in the book about him.
Lithuania became a new member of EU in 2004. My aim now is to acquaint old members of EU and other countries with Lithuanian music culture (traditional and professional), with Lithuanian music history from 15th until 21st centuries, to show a development of music ideas, to introduce the most famous Lithuanian composers. I gave lectures on this subject at the universities of Greifswald in Germany and Alicante in Spain. If you are interested in knowing more about Lithuanian music, please feel free to write me:danutele@yahoo.com

My Books

  1. Jeronimas Kacinskas. Gyvenimas ir muzikine veikla. (Jeronimas Kacinskas: life and music activities). Vilnius: Baltos lankos, 1997, 562 p.
  2. Klaipedos muzikos mokykla 1923–1939 . (Klaipeda Music School in 1923–1939). Klaipeda: Klaipedos universiteto leidykla, 1998, 334 p.
  3. Prudencija Bickienë. Chicago: Draugas, 1998, 67 p.
  4. Petras Armonas: in the Crossroads of Musical Cultures. Klaipeda: Muzikologijos institutas, 2005, 168 p.

My Articles

Pirmieji muzikos kritikos zingsniai lietuviø spaudoje. (The First Steps of Music Critique in Lithuanian Press). Menotyra, 1980, Nr. 9, p. 89–99.
2. “Kregzdes, kurios pavasari apreiskia…” (“The Swallow that is Harbinger of Spring”. About t he Musical Activities of Vincas Kudirka). Kulturos barai, 1983, Nr. 11, p. 67–70.
3. “Cia tavo pradzia…”(“Here is Your Begining...” About the Composer Zigmas Virksas). Kulturos barai, 1984, Nr. 3, p. 38–40.
4. Metai neprabëgo veltui (The Years Didn’t Pass Uselessly. About the Composer Jonas Paulikas). Literatura ir menas, 1987, kovo 23, p. 12.
5. Juozo Zilevièiaus pedagogine veikla Lietuvoje. (The Pedagogical Activities of Juozas Zilevicius in Lithuania). Mokymo ir auklëjimo klausimai. T. XXI, Vilnius, 1988, p. 116–121.
6. Is gimtosios zemes versmiu (From the Sources of Native Land. About the Composer Jeronimas Kacinskas). Kulturos barai, 1989, Nr. 2, p. 29–32.
7. “…as myliu muzika” (“I love music”. About the Musical Activities of the Poet Stasys Santvaras). Literatura ir menas. 1989, geguþës 13, p. 16.
8. Mokyklos laurai ir streikai (The School Laurels and Strikes. About the Musical Activities of the Composer, Conductor and Educator Stasys Simkus in Klaipeda in 1923–1930). Kulturos barai, 1990, Nr. 5, p. 25–29.
9. Muzikos mokytojø ugdymas Lietuvoje 1918–1940 m. (The Training of Music Teachers in Lithuania in 1918–1940). Tautinë mokykla , 1990, Nr. 12, p. 30–32.
10. “…nuo vaiku isauklëjimo pareis musu tautos garbe ateityje” (“…Our Nation’s Honour in the Future Depends on the Education of Our Children . ” About the Pedagogical Activities of Juozas Zilevicius). Muzikos zinios, 1990, Nr. 242, p. 14–21.
11. Juozui Zilevièiui – 100. (For the 100 Years Aniversary of Juozas Zileviciaus ), Chicago: “Margutis”, 1991, p. 4–13.
12. “Fortepijonas – tai altorius…” (“Piano is an Altar”. About the Pedagogical Activities of the Pianist Ignas Prielgauskas). Muzikos zinios, 1991, Nr. 242, p. 7–11.
13. “Muzika tautas skiria ryskiau negu zemës sienos” (“Music Distinguishes Nations Better than the Frontiers”. About the Life and Musical Works of Juozas Zilevicius). Draugas, 1991, spalio 26, p. 3–4.
Zvelgiant á Lietuvos smuikininku nueita kelia. (About Lithuanian Violinists). Draugas, 1991 spalio 12, p. 4.
Juozo Þilevièiaus kûrybinis palikimas. (About the Musical Heritage of Juozas Zilevicius). Draugas, 1992, sausio 18, p. 1–4.
16. Juozo Zilevièiaus lietuviø muzikologijos archyvas: praeitis ir perspektyvos. (Lithuanian Musicology Archives of Juozas Zilevicius: Past and Future). Muzikos barai, 1992, Nr. 18, p. 4; Nr. 19, p. 4; Nr. 20, p. 4.
Liaudies opera. (The National Opera in Klaipeda). Aukuras. Klaipedos kulturos raidos bruozai. Klaipeda, 1992, p. 52–55.
Vyduniskoji muzikos samprata ir asmenybes ugdymas. (Vydunas Conception of Music and the Development of Personality). Gama, 1993, Nr.3, p. 2–4.
Cekø nonetas Lietuvoje (The Czech Nonette in Lithuania). Kulturos barai, 1994, Nr. 1, p. 68–72.
Muzikos didaktikos raida Lietuvos bendrojo lavinimo mokyklose. (The Development of Music Didatics in Schoools of General Education in Lithuania in 1918–1940). Gama, 1994, Nr.6, p. 11–14.
21. Gramofono ploksteliu laikus prisimenant. Interviu Su Vytautu Strolia. (Recalling the Times of Gramophone Records. Interview with the Music Records Collector Vytautas Strolia). Kulturos barai, 1995, Nr. 2, p. 59–64.
22. Lietuviu muzikos ambasadorius (The Ambassador of Lithuanian Music. About the Composer and Conductor Jeronimas Kacinskas). Kulturos barai, 1995, Nr. 5, p. 38–42.
Vytautas Marijosius – lietuviu muzikos puoseletojas ir kritikas. (Vytautas Marijosius, the Fosterer and Critic of Lithuanian Music). Kulturos barai , 1996, Nr. 7, p. 20–26.
Diptichas apie pianista ir kompozitoriu Vytautà Baceviciø. (Diptych about the Pianist and Composer Vytautas Bacevicius). Tiltai, 1997, Nr. 1, p. 81–91.
Juozo Strolios gyvenimo ir muzikines veiklos pedsakais. (On Life and Musical Activities of Juozas Strolia). Tiltai, 1997, Nr. 2, p. 65–71.
Vlado Jakubeno mintys apie tarpukario Lietuvos chorine muzika. (Reflections of Vladas Jakubenas on the Lithuanian Choral Music between WW1 and WW2). Lietuvos mokslas , Vilnius, 1998, p. 374–381.
Juozas Zilevièius ir Mazoji Lietuva. (Juozas Zilevicius and Lithuania Minor). Tiltai, 1998, Nr. 2–3, p. 135–144.
Lietuviø muzikinë veikla JAV 1870–1920. (Musical Activities of Lithuanians in the USA in 1870–1920). Tiltai, 1998, Nr. 1, p. 17–32.
Daktaro Kazio Pemkaus lituanistikos lobynas. (The Hoard of Lituanica of Medical Doctor Kazys Pemkus). Kulturos barai, 1999, Nr. 8/9, p. 102–106.
Apie Juozo Zileviciaus ir Vyduno draugyste. (About the Friendship of Juozas Zilevicius and Vydunas). Muzikos zinios, 1999, Nr. 250, p. 1–4.
31. Lithuanian Music in America, 1870–1920. The Journal of Baltic Studies, 2000, XXXI/1, p. 60–79.
32. Juozo Zileviciaus lietuviu muzikologijos archyvas: kurimasis ir raida. (The Foundation and Development of Lithuanian Musicology Archives of Juozas Zilevicius). Tiltai, 2000, Nr. 3, p. 85–91.
Juozo Zileviciaus muzikine veikla Kaune. (Musical Activities of Juozas Zilevicius in Kaunas). Kauno istorijos metrastis, Kaunas, 2000, p. 97–111.
34. Lietuviu etnomuzikologijos pradininkas. (Juozas Zilevicius -- the Founder of Lithuanian Ethnomusicology). Darbai ir dienos, 2001, Nr. 25, p. 217–229.
Lietuvininkas is Tasmanijos. (The Lithuanian from Tasmania. About the Public Worker Andrew Jankus). Draugas, 2001, vasario 10, kulturinis priedas, p. 1.
Lietuviu muzikine veikla JAV 1920–1940 metais. (Music Activities of Lithuanians in the USA in 1920-1940). Muzikologija, 2001, Nr. 2, p. 104–124.
37. “Jis padarë epocha sviesesne ir geresne” (“He Made His Era Lighter and Better...” For the 110 Years Anniversary of Juozas Zilevicius). Muzikos zinios, 2001, nr. 252, p. 5–14.
Simfoniniai koncertai JAV lietuviu muzikiniame gyvenime: tautiskumo ir amerikietisku tradiciju saveika. (Symphony Concerts in Musical Life of Lithuanians in the USA: Interrelationship of National Character and Americam Traditions). Menotyra, 2002, Nr.1 (26), p. 55–63.
Jeronimo Kacinsko muzikine raiska XX–XXI a. sanduroje. (Musical Expression by Jeronimas Kacinskas at the Intersection of the 20th and 21st Ceturies: Search of Spirituality in Church and Secular Activities). Soter, 2002, Nr. 7 (35), p. 57–65.
40. Laikrodininkas ir...Dono kazokas, arba Dainininko Stasio Citvaro fenomenas. (The Watchmaker and...Don Cossack, or Phenomenon of the Singer Stasys Citvaras). Muzikos barai, 2002, nr. 11, p. 26-31.
41. Nuo mandolinos iki muzikologijos.(From Mandoline to Musicology. About the Activities of the Musicologist Daiva Ksaniene). Muzikos barai, 2003, nr. 7-8, p.
42. Juozo Zileviciaus veikla baznytines muzikos baruose. (The Activities of Juozas Zilevicius in the Field of Church Music). Lietuviu kataliku akademijos suvaziavimo darbai. 2003, t. 18, p. 993–1008.
43. Amerikos lietuviu vargonininku sajungos kurimasis ir veikla. (Establishment and Activities of the Union of American Lithuanian Organists). Soter, 2003, nr. 9 (37), p. 197-206.
44. Symphony Concerts in the Musical Life of Lithuanians in the USA. Lituanus, 2003, volume 49:3, p. 12-34.
45. Lietuviu liaudies daina JAV: nuo pasilinksminimu iki tyrinëjimu.(Lithuanian Folk Songs in the USA: from Entertainment to the Investigations). Muzikologija, 2003, Nr. 4, p. 87-94.
46. Lietuviu etnines muzikos tyrimas ir puoselejimas Jungtinëse Amerikos Valstijose. (Research and Cherishing of Lithuanian Ethnic Music in the USA). Tiltai, 2004, Nr. 1, p. 91-100.
47. Lietuviu dainininkai JAV: megejai ir profesionalai. (Lithuanian Singers in the USA: Amateurs and Professionals). Tiltai, 2004, priedas Nr. 21, p. 115–129.
48. JAV lietuviu vargonininku veikla liturgines muzikos baruose (The Activities of Lithuanian Church Organists in the USA in Liturgical Music Fields). Soter, 2004, Nr. 12, p. 225-237
Draugyste iki mirties (Friendship until Death. About the Life, Musical Works, and Personality of Vytautas Bacevicius). Vytautas Bacevicius. Vilnius, 2004.