Mikas Petrauskas

Mikas Petrauskas (1873–1937) was a Lithuanian composer and choirmaster best known as the author of the first Lithuanian opera Birutė (1906). He was an elder brother of the singer Kipras Petrauskas.

Petrauskas learned to play church organ from his father and began working as an organist at the age of 15. He worked in Labanoras, Obeliai, and Hierviaty before enrolling at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1901. As a student, he wrote and staged the first Lithuanian operettas. In 1905, he moved to Vilnius where he became leader of the choir of Kanklės of Vilnius Society and staged his opera Birutė in 1906. Trouble with the Tsarist police forced him to leave the Russian Empire first for Switzerland and then for the United States. There he organized various concerts and theater performances, opened a music school, and established and led choirs and other performing groups among Lithuanian Americans. He organized and led Birutė choir in Chicago and Gabija choir in Boston. Both choirs continued to perform until 1950s. His music school operated from 1910 to 1924 and had up to 130 students per year. By his own estimate, during the first 17 years in the United States, he taught music and singing to some 4,000 people. He returned to Lithuania in 1930 and died in 1937.

Petrauskas works include two operas, 19 operettas, and about 200 songs.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 13, 1873 (Palūšė), Died March 26, 1937 (Kaunas)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1913 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, tenor vocal, arranger

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 76 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-20938 10-in. 11/1/1917 Tykiai nemunēlis teka Petronele Jurgeliute Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, arranger  
Victor B-21519 10-in. 2/14/1918 Ko liudit, sveteliai Jonas Butēnas Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-21554 10-in. 2/28/1918 Skyniau skynimēli Jonas Butēnas Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-21555 10-in. 2/28/1918 Šiu nackcialy Jonas Butēnas Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-21847 10-in. 5/9/1918 Val aš Pakirščiau Jonas Butēnas Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-23535 10-in. 12/17/1919 Prirodino seni zones Anthony Sodeika Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-23536 10-in. 12/17/1919 Mazas mano yra stonas Anthony Sodeika Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-24335 10-in. 7/20/1920 Kukuliai Mikas Petrauskas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor B-24336 10-in. 7/20/1920 Valio dalgele! Mikas Petrauskas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor B-24337 10-in. 7/20/1920 Geismai ir svajones Mikas Petrauskas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor B-24338 10-in. 7/20/1920 Kaip gi gražus ruteliu darželis Mikas Petrauskas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor B-24339 10-in. 7/20/1920 Gersim broliai uliavosim Mikas Petrauskas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor B-24340 10-in. 7/20/1920 Skamba kankliai trimitai Mikas Petrauskas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor C-24346 12-in. 7/22/1920 Pasakyk, lietuva mylimoji Mikas Petrauskas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor B-24347 10-in. 7/22/1920 Bernužēli nes'voliok Mikas Petrauskas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor C-24348 12-in. 7/22/1920 Rudens melodica Mikas Petrauskas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor B-24349 10-in. 7/22/1920 Matušēle miela Mikas Petrauskas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor B-24350 10-in. 7/23/1920 Daug kraujo pralieta Anthony Sodeika Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-24351 10-in. 7/23/1920 Kur josi? Anthony Sodeika Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-27322 10-in. 12/18/1922 Kalvis Jonas Butēnas Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-33074 10-in. 7/13/1925 Kaitink šviesi saulute Justas Kudirka Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-35049 10-in. 3/11/1926 Geismai ir svajones Jonas Ramanauskas Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-38053 10-in. 5/26/1927 Augin tevlis du sunyteliu Mikas Petrauskas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor BVE-38054 10-in. 5/26/1927 Barboryte Mikas Petrauskas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor BVE-38055 10-in. 5/26/1927 Susivartyk antete Mikas Petrauskas Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
(Results 1-25 of 76 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Petrauskas, Mikas," accessed February 25, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109981.

Petrauskas, Mikas. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109981.

"Petrauskas, Mikas." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 25 February 2024.

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