Algimantas Bražinskas (b. 1937) writes in various genres: songs for solo voices and choir, vocal cycles, oratorios, cantatas, operas, chamber and symphonic music, music for children. His musical idiom is full of emotionality, dynamic development and expressive melodic lines. In his vocal music, special emphasis is placed on semantic links between music and text, independent, often contrasting lines of vocal part(s) and instrumental accompaniment join to form a consistent contrapuntal combination. Another important area of composer's work is choral music, consisting of several large-scale choral cycles. Set to the poems by Vytautas Bložė, Seven Ballads
is one of Bražinskas' most popular choral cycles in which the narrative line unwinds through a coherent succession of varied vocal expression. For quite a long time Bražinskas has also arranged and written music for various folk ensembles. Here the composer extensively draws on most characteristic vocabulary of the folk music and shows a penchant for colourful instrumentation.