Lithuanian Composers’ Union

Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

16th International Music Theory Conference

Principles of Music Composing

in the Second Half of the 20th and the Beginning of the 21th Centuries

9–11 November 2016

Vilnius, Lithuania


The purpose of the conference is to give new impulses to the development of musicological research and to use the findings thereof in compositional practice and teaching process.

The main conference goals are to enrich the local and international musical life, to establish a center of attraction for theoretical research of compositional practice, and to contribute to fostering and preserving of a distinctive identity in the national school of Lithuanian composers. 

The 16th conference is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Lithuanian Composers’ Union. A program of special conference sessions and other events is planned to mark this occasion.

Fifteen previous conferences took place in Vilnius and were themed as follows:

Principles of Music Composing: Theory and Practice (1999);

Principles of Music Composing: Between Ethno and Techno (2001);

Principles of Music Composing: Continuity and Innovation in Contemporary Music (2002);

Principles of Music Composing: Aspect of Historical Spread (2004);

Principles of Music Composing: Creative Process (2005);

Principles of Music Composing: Phenomenon of a Cycle (2006);

Principles of Music Composing: Musical Text (2007);

Principles of Music Composing: Musical Archetypes (2008);

Principles of Music Composing: Orchestra as a Phenomenon (2009);

Principles of Music Composing: Sacred Music (2010);

Principles of Music Composing: National Romanticism and Contemporary Music (2011);

Principles of Music Composing: Links between Music and Visual Arts (2012);

Principles of Music Composing: The Phenomenon of Rhythm (2013);

Principles of Music Composing: Sonorism (2014);

Principles of Music Composing: The Phenomenon of Melody (2015).



Suggested sub-themes of the conference are:

Theoretical and evolutionary aspects of the principles of musical composition;

Principles of composition in the work by Lithuanian composers as seen in the broader context of European musical culture;

Aesthetic, artistic and creative self-awareness of composers representing national schools (see the list of suggested composers below);

Composers’ ideas about their creative principles;

Theoretical and creative aspects of compositional systems in the works by Lithuanian and foreign composers;

Binary-oppositional principles of composition in the 20th-century music (Ives, Stravinsky, Bartók, etc.) and their applications in the recent decades;

The manifestation of archaic and ethnic elements in the music by Lithuanian composers.


Paper proposals (abstract and a short biography) should be sent to Mr. Marius Baranauskas by email . The abstract must not exceed 500 words. The duration of full presentations is limited to 20–25 minutes.

The main language of the conference is English.

The deadline for proposal submissions is August 28, 2016. Proposals will be reviewed by the members of the scholarly committee and all applicants will be notified of the outcome in the beginning of September 2016. 

The participation fee is 20 Euros. 

Selected materials of the conference (abstracts and papers) will be published in the annual peer reviewed scientific journal.

Head of the scholarly committee Prof. Dr. Rimantas Janeliauskas.

Coordinator of the conference Marius Baranauskas.

For more information about the conference please contact Mr. Marius Baranauskas, coordinator of the conference by email or by post.

Address: Lithuanian Composers’ Union, Mickeviciaus g. 29, LT-08117 Vilnius, Lithuania.


Suggested list of composers.