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Stasys Šimkus

Stasys Šimkus (23 January 1887, Motiškiai, now in Jurbarkas district municipality – 15 October 1943, Kaunas) was a Lithuanian composer.

Šimkus studied in Vilnius and Warsaw and later became the pupil of Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov, Jāzeps Vītols, and Maximilian Steinberg. After visiting the United States, he went to Leipzig for further studies with Paul Graener and Sigfrid Karg-Elert. A national Romantic, Šimkus helped resurrect the Lithuanian cultural organization Daina in 1916. In 1923, he opened a private music school in Klaipėda, which was soon converted into the national Lithuanian conservatory (now called the Klaipėda Stasys Šimkus Conservatoire). He was a professor of composition at the Conservatoire from 1931 to 1937 and also conducted the State Opera at Kaunas.

Šimkus composed several operas, a cantata, a symphonic poem, a piano suite, a ballade, choral works, lieder, and church music. He composed the music for Lietuvininkai we are born by Georg Sauerwein.

His son Algis Šimkus also became a renowned conductor, pianist, and composer.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 23rd, 1887 (Jurbarkas District Municipality), Died October 15th, 1943 (Kaunas)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1931

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Notes: Listed on Victor and Columbia disc labels as "St Šimkus."

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-21793 10-in. 4/23/1918 Vai varge, varge Lucy Machunas Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal, conductor, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-21846 10-in. 5/9/1918 Ant mariu krantelio Jonas Butēnas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal, conductor, composer  
Victor B-24030 10-in. 5/5/1920 Kada noriu-verkiu Michael Zazulak Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, conductor, composer  
Victor B-24032 10-in. 5/5/1920 Du broliukai kunigai Michael Zazulak Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, conductor, composer  
Victor B-24353 10-in. 7/23/1920 Šaltyšius Anthony Sodeika Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, conductor, composer  
Victor BVE-48640 10-in. 11/30/1928 Pas mociute angan Zose Krasauskiene ; Viktorya Volteraite Female vocal duet, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BVE-48641 10-in. 11/30/1928 Sedzin po langelio Zose Krasauskiene ; Viktorya Volteraite Female vocal duet, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BVE-55776 10-in. 8/9/1929 Motule mano Šv. Marijos Liet. Vyrų Choras Female vocal chorus, with violin, piano, and accordion Vocal group, director, composer  
Columbia 39731 10-in. 1/6/1915 Saulele Nusileido Brooklyn Lithuanian Vocal Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano composer, Vocal group  
Columbia 44617 10-in. approximately October 1916 Ožęlis Karalienės Aniolų Parapijos Choras Mixed vocal chorus Vocal group, composer  
Columbia 44654 10-in. approximately October 1916 Saulute tekėjo Jonas Čižauskas Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, vocalist  
Columbia 44661 10-in. approximately October 1916 Plaukia sau laivelis Marė Čižauskienė Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, vocalist  
Columbia 84264 10-in. approximately April 1918 Bijūnėli žalias S. Šimkus Mišras Choras Mixed vocal chorus, with piano composer, Vocal group  
Columbia 84265 10-in. approximately April 1918 Vaziavau dieną S. Šimkus Mišras Choras Mixed vocal chorus, with piano composer, Vocal group  
Columbia 84266 10-in. approximately 1917-1918 Nesigaudink mergužėle S. Šimkus Mišras Choras Mixed vocal chorus, with piano Vocal group, composer  
Columbia 84269 10-in. approximately April 1918 Ant tėvelio dvaro S. Šimkus Mišras Choras Mixed vocal chorus, with piano Vocal group, composer  
OKeh 8440 10-in. July 1923 Pamylejau vakar Kastas Sabonis Male vocal solo composer, vocalist, baritone vocal  
OKeh 8441 10-in. July 1923 Vai varge, varge Kastas Sabonis Male vocal solo composer, lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal  
OKeh 74230 10-in. Aug. 1926 Josiu jomarkélin Jonas Butēnas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal, composer  
OKeh 74231 10-in. Aug. 1926 Teka upé per berzyna Jonas Butēnas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal, composer  
OKeh 74237 10-in. Aug. 1926 Sédziu po langeliu Jonas Butēnas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal, composer  
OKeh 74238 10-in. Aug. 1926 Nepagelbés, merguzele, gallios asarélés Jonas Butēnas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal, composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Šimkus, Stasys," accessed June 22, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107062.

Šimkus, Stasys. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 22, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107062.

"Šimkus, Stasys." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 June 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107062

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