Most famous Prussian Lithuanian singers of the 20th century

Most famous Prussian Lithuanian singers of the 20th century

Traditions and songs of Prussian Lithuanians were viewed with reservations in the 17th-18th centuries. However, their musicality and exceptionally melodious voices of women were noted and appreciated. T. Lepner provides the following description in the Prūsų lietuvis (A Prussian Lithuanian): They tend to sing by their nature, so they are great ‘musici naturale‘ bringing their passion for singing into the world; therefore, during celebrations their women and girls are belling and shrieking so that one needs to stop one’s ears. Men are not very keen on those activities, just women and girls. However, written sources also provide information on the warriors of Prussian tribes who used to praise their deeds in wartime songs.

The most representative source of the 20th century songs was preserved in the memory of Prussian Lithuanian women and men of the older generation (born at the end of the 19th century): Marija Klingerienė, Ana Mažeiva, Gertrūda Lacytienė, Martynas Jankus, and Augustas Deivelaitis. After World War II, the old Lithuanian songs were revived by the members of Rusnė Fishermen’s Artel: Erčius Jurgenaitis, Adomas Goberis, Vilius Žemaitaitis, Vilius Vestfolis and others.