Sutartinės, Lithuanian multipart songs

Sutartinės (“sutarti” means to be in accord) is a phenomenon of Lithuanian traditional music interlinking singing, words and movements representing an archaic form of two and three voiced polyphony, usually sung by women. 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. There are almost forty different styles and ways of performing Sutartinės. Sutartinės, Lithuanian multipart songs were inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010.