Skarby Litvinaŭ Reniesans
Litvin’s Treasures: Renaissance
The Litvins is an old name of the Belarusians. Litva (Lithuania) is an old name of Belarus. The Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL) is the Litvins’ state. Viĺnia (Vilnius) is the capital of the old Litva. The Litvins’ treasures are the spiritual values of both local and West European origin.
Renaissance is the Golden Age of the Old Belarusian (Lithuanian) art that started in the 16th c. from a wide interaction of the Old Belarusian and West European cultures and ended with the Deluge, i.e. the catastrophic war in the middle of the 17th c.
Polack Notebook (1, 4, 9, 10) is a collection of the aulic chamber music of the late 16th – early 17th c., compiled in Belarus from popular Belarusian and West European songs and dances of that time (adapted for the local traditions).
Bitva pad Voršaj(Battle at Vorša) (3) is a martial song of the 16th c., written in the honour of the battle of Vorša (1514). According to another version the song was written by the King’s order in 1614 for the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vorša. The words are noted down by Vaclaŭ Lastoŭski in 1916, the music is folk music from Michał Federowski’s collections (19th c.).
U karalieŭskim vojsku(In King’s Army) (6) is an instrumental performance of a Belarusian martial song of the 16th c., written in the honour of King Stephan Báthory’s campaign to liberate Polack. Its other title is Stephan The Waywode.
Vilnia Notebook (11) is a collection of the aulic chamber music written by an unknown composer, compiled in 1600 in Viĺnia. One of its probable authors is Diomedes Cato, Belarusian composer of the late 16th c., who lived and worked in Viĺnia.
Dubravačka(Oakery) (13) is an instrumental performance of a Belarusian ballad of the 16th–17th c. about a soldier’s heroic death.
Rycar zbrojny(Armed Knight) (16) is a knight song of the 17th c. from Michał Federowski’s collections (19th c.) with a typical folk melody.