THE ARCHAIC LITHUANIAN POLYPHONIC CHANT
Sutartinės (from the word sutarti – to be in concordance) is a form of polyphonic music performed by female singers in north-east Lithuania. The songs have simple melodies, with two to five pitches, and comprise two distinct parts: a meaningful main text and a refrain that may include nonce words. -> UNESCO
In many countries, the Lithuanian sutartinė has become Lithuania’s “calling card” – these polyphonic chants are constantly presented to a wider audience abroad by folk music ensembles and papers read at international scholarly conferences. Nevertheless, the sutartinė is relatively unknown in the world: to many foreign listeners, they are exotica of unknown provenance that arose in a small corner of Europe – Lithuania. True, in the middle of the twentieth century, the tradition of collective chanting of the sutartinė died out from Lithuanian villages, so it doesn’t seem any less exotic to a portion of Lithuania’s inhabitants. Incidentally, this portion of inhabitants isn’t made up of younger people ignorant of tradition, but for the most part middle-aged people whose musical tastes were formed in a particular cultural context. Urban youth feel a certain intimacy with the sutartinė. For a number of contemporary people, the sutartinė has become a peculiar form of meditation; for others, it is a means of self-expression as well. http://www.lituanus.org/2006/06_2_03%20Vyciniene.htm
Lithuanian multipart songs sutartinės feature most characteristic of vocal and instrumental polyphony, second accords, complementary rhythms and syncopation, indicate a powerful, unique musical system of thought per sutartinės.
CHERISHING OLD TRADITIONAL LITHUANIAN FOLKSONGS
ANTHOLOGY OF LITHUANIAN ETHNOCULTURE http://ausis.gf.vu.lt/eka/EWG/default.htm