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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 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 (Results 1-25 of 42 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-20937 10-in. 11/1/1917 Pamylējau vakar Petronele Jurgeliute Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-21793 10-in. 4/23/1918 Vai varge, varge Lucy Machunas Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-21795 10-in. 4/23/1918 Ko vējai pučia Lucy Machunas Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-21796 10-in. 4/23/1918 Vai pūtē, pūtē Lucy Machunas Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-21846 10-in. 5/9/1918 Ant mariu krantelio Jonas Butēnas Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-24030 10-in. 5/5/1920 Kada noriu-verkiu Michael Zazulak Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-24032 10-in. 5/5/1920 Du broliukai kunigai Michael Zazulak Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-24353 10-in. 7/23/1920 Šaltyšius Anthony Sodeika Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-25374 10-in. 6/29/1921 Aš augau pas tēveli Mariona E. Rakauskaitē Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-25375 10-in. 6/29/1921 Lopšinē Mariona E. Rakauskaitē Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-25376 10-in. 6/29/1921 Kur bakužē samanota Mariona E. Rakauskaitē Female vocal solo, with orchestra and harp composer  
Victor B-25377 10-in. 6/29/1921 Ant marių krantelio Mariona E. Rakauskaitē Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-25381 10-in. 7/1/1921 Plaukia sau laivelis Mariona E. Rakauskaitē Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-25382 10-in. 7/1/1921 O, greičiau, greičiau Mariona E. Rakauskaitē Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-27220 10-in. 12/11/1922 Saulute tekejo Jonas Butēnas Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-35095 10-in. 7/1/1926 Oi kas Jonas Butēnas Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-35096 10-in. 7/1/1926 Vai ku-kų Jonas Butēnas Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-35639 10-in. 5/28/1926 Oi kas sodai! Jonas Butēnas Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-48635 10-in. 11/30/1928 Molio uzbonas (The water pitcher) Zose Krasauskiene ; Viktorya Volteraite Female vocal duet, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-48639 10-in. 11/30/1928 Oi greićian, greićian Zose Krasauskiene Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-48640 10-in. 11/30/1928 Pas mociute angan Zose Krasauskiene ; Viktorya Volteraite Female vocal duet, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-48641 10-in. 11/30/1928 Sedzin po langelio Zose Krasauskiene ; Viktorya Volteraite Female vocal duet, with 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 composer  
Victor BRC-68288 10-in. 8/27/1931 Oi močiut motinėle Šv. Marijos Liet. Vyrų Choras Female vocal chorus, with instrumental trio composer  
Victor BRC-68289 10-in. 8/27/1931 Vai tu žirge, žirge Šv. Marijos Liet. Vyrų Choras Male vocal chorus, with instrumental trio composer  
(Results 1-25 of 42 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Šimkus, Stasys," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107062.

Šimkus, Stasys. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107062.

"Šimkus, Stasys." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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