Composer, singer, teacher, and chorus founder
Born in Lithuania in 1873, Mikas Petrauskas studied music in St. Petersburg before fleeing Tsarist authorities, first to Switzerland and then to the U. S. In Chicago, he founded a chorus, a music school, and an orchestra. He was a musician of great breadth and composed the Lithuanian opera, “Birutė.” While living in Chicago he composed and directed his opera, “Eglė žalčių karalienė” (Eglė, Queen of the Serpents) as well as several operettas. He returned to Lithuania in 1930 and died there in Kaunas in 1937. This sheet music is for “Skambančios stygos” (Melodious Strings) composed by him in 1913.
While living in Boston, Mikas Petrauskas wrote and directed an opera, based on a very well-known and beloved fairy tale. Entitled “Eglė, Queen of the Serpents”, the story relates how a young maiden becomes the captive queen of the serpent king and how that king is betrayed by the youngest child of their union. The opera was premiered in Boston in 1924. The sheet music from the opera is handsomely illustrated.