Sung poetry

Sung poetry

Sung poetry is a broad and imprecise music genre used mostly in Eastern European Post-Soviet countries, such as Poland and the Baltic States, to describe songs consisting of a poem (most often a ballad) and music written specially for that text. The compositions usually feature a delicate melody and scarce musical background, often comprising a Russian guitar or piano. Some sung poetry performers are singer-songwriters, others use known, published poems, or collaborate with contemporary writers. Artists of sung poetry include people of various occupations usually with little or no particular music education, as well as stage actors.

Singing poetry is gaining particular popularity among certain groups of the society in Lithuania. The common forms of expression are individual and collective public performances, festivals of sung poetry, publication of records online and release of music albums.

Sung poetry shares much in common with the author's song in Russia yet differs from it in a significant way: sung poetry performers often do not compose lyrics themselves. Similar artists in other countries are usually classified as bards, folk music or folk rock (such as Jacques Brel, Lluís Llach, Ovidi Montllor, Georges Brassens, Léo Ferré, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Djordje Balasevic, Bulat Okudzhava, Vladimir Vysotsky), or chamber pop. Artists of other musical genres may or may not be included into sung poetry category, such as Czesław Niemen, whose many songs are based on works of esteemed Polish poets, is usually regarded as either a rock or electronic musician.

Notable artists

Lithuania

* Vytautas Kernagis
* Vytautas Babravičius
* Virgis Stakėnas
* Ieva Narkutė
* Saulius Mykolaitis
* Alina Orlova
* Kostas Smoriginas
* Gediminas Storpirštis
* Darius Mileris-" [Nojus] " from Airija band

Poland

* Michał Bajor
* Mirosław Czyżykiewicz
* Ewa Demarczyk
* Edyta Geppert
* Marek Grechuta
* Jacek Kaczmarski
* Czesław Niemen
* Renata Przemyk
* Janusz Radek
* Edward Stachura
* Grzegorz Turnau
* Elżbieta Wojnowska
* Ilona Sojda
* Jacek Różański

ee also

*Shanson
*Bard (Soviet Union)
*Nova Cançó

External links

* [http://www.dpoezija.lt/?iddi=1&lan=1 Website dedicated to Lithuanian sung poetry]
* [http://www.bardai.lt/index.php?pid=32&id=3 Website of Lituanian bards]


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