Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Passions

Today my class on the Bible and music is picking up a thread from last time – Passion – and tracing it down to the present day, including into film scores. Students have been asked to listen to some things in common but also to explore and bring “show and tell.” If I am asked [Read More…]

Jāzeps Medinš – Symphony No.3 in E flat Major

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Jānis Kalniņš – In the Quiet Hour (Klusā Stundā)

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Jānis Mediņš – Sonata No.2 for Violin and Piano

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Janis Kalniņš – Larghetto Serioso

A short piece for violin by another Latvian composer with the surname Kalniņš.   Posted with Blogsy [Read more…]

Imants Kalniņš – Blow Ye Wind!

A nice little piece by Imants Kalniņš, a living Latvian composer who has written in a range of styles from symphonies to rock opera! [Read more…]

Rainbow (Beautiful Music – Just Ignore the Scary Panda Monster)

When I traveled to Latvia with students, one delight was discovering that country’s rich musical heritage. Here is a piece I listened to today by one of my favorite Latvian composers, Jānis Ivanovs. Just ignore the image of a scary, three-headed panda breathing rainbows and enjoy the music! [Read more…]