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Vincas Kudirka

Vincas Kudirka (31 December [O.S. 19 December] 1858 – 16 November [O.S. 4 November] 1899) was a Lithuanian poet and physician, and the author of both the music and lyrics of the Lithuanian National Anthem, Tautiška giesmė. He is regarded in Lithuania as a National Hero. Kudirka used pen names V. Kapsas, Paežerių Vincas, Vincas Kapsas, P.Vincas, Varpas, Q.D, K., V.K, Perkūnas.

Kudirka was born in Paežeriai, in the Augustów Governorate of Congress Poland (present-day Lithuania). He began studying history and philosophy in Warsaw in 1881, but changed his major and began studying medicine the following year. During his studies, he was arrested as a subversive for having a copy of Das Kapital in his possession, and was expelled from the University of Warsaw, but later re-admitted. He graduated in 1889, and worked as a country doctor in Šakiai and Naumiestis.

Kudirka began writing poetry in 1888. Simultaneously he became more active in the Lithuanian national rebirth movement. Together with other Lithuanian students in Warsaw, he founded the secret society Lietuva ("Lithuania"). The following year the society began publishing the clandestine newspaper Varpas ("The Bell"), which Kudirka edited and contributed to for the next ten years. In issue number 6 of Varpas, in September 1898, he published the text of Tautiška Giesmė, which would officially become in 1918, the Lithuanian National Anthem, set to music written by Kudirka himself.

Kudirka gave much to Lithuanian culture, and also published a collection of Lithuanian popular songs. He was also a noted writer of satire.

He died of tuberculosis at Naumiestis, on 16 November 1899, at age 40. The second half of Tautiška Giesmė was engraved on his gravestone.

On 5 July 2009, a statue of Vincas Kudirka was unveiled beside the Gediminas Avenue, the main street of the capital Vilnius. The unveiling, by dignitaries, including the Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, coincided with festivities marking the 1000th anniversary of the first time Lithuania was mentioned in official chronicles.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 31, 1858 (Vilkaviškis), Died November 16, 1899 (Kudirkos Naumiestis)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918 - 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Notes: Given as Dr. Kudirka in Victor ledgers.

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-21339 10-in. 1/4/1918 Tautiškas himnas King's U.S. Foreign Band Band composer  
Victor B-21342 10-in. 1/4/1918 Dēdiemē polka King's U.S. Foreign Band Band composer  
Victor B-21820 10-in. 5/2/1918 Himnas Lietuva tēvynē Jonas Butēnas Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BS-75911 10-in. 6/30/1933 Varpelis valcas Budrik Radio Accordionola ; Stasys Rimkus Accordion trio, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor [Trial 1918-04-13-01] Not documented 4/13/1918 Lietuva brangi manc tivyne Ella Steif Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
OKeh S-71098 10-in. Dec. 1922 Lietuva tévyne musy Operetés Choro Kvartetas Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-71607 10-in. 6/7/1923 Tautiskoji daina Operetés Choro Kvartetas Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-71609 10-in. 6/7/1923 Lietuva tévyne musy Operetés Choro Kvartetas Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kudirka, Vincas," accessed December 3, 2022,

Kudirka, Vincas. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 3, 2022, from

"Kudirka, Vincas." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 3 December 2022.

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