Date: Mon, 11 Mar 96 18:31:44 +0100
From: ma128(a)fim.uni-erlangen.de (Paul Madgwick)
Subject: NEW Choral repertoire from Musica Baltica in LATVIA - more info.
Since my last posting about the Choral repertoire of "Musica
Baltica" in Latvia, several people particularly in North
America have enquired how these items can be ordered.
I have discussed this with Solvita, the director of Musica
Baltica, and she recommends that you transfer in Canadian or
US Dollars to the company bank account in Latvia, and at the
same time send her an e-mail message: MUSBALT(a)COM.LATNET.LV
with your order. For one of each of all four choral books
(ie a total of 4 books) the price including post to America,
packing and bank charges is:
For USA 92 US Dollars
For Canada 126 Canadian Dollars
For extra copies use the prices below and add 50% for postage.
The bank details are:
Account Holder: SIA Muzika Baltika
LV 1001 Riga
Account Number: 00 00 702 035
Bank Zemes Banka
LV 1001 Riga,
Details of the four books are as my earlier posting:
Peteris Plakidis "Nolemtiba" (Destiny)
Peteris Plakidis was born in 1947, studied at Emil Darzins
special music secondary school and graduated as a composer in
1970 from the Latvian State Conservatory, where he also
completed his postgraduate studies in 1975, and since 1974 has
taught composition and music theory. He is active as a
composer of both vocal and instrumental works.
"Nolemtiba" (Destiny) uses the structure of an orchestral
symphony but the medium of the mixed choir. The text is a
series of poems by the Latvian poet and journalist Ojars
Vacietis (1933-1983), based on the theme of national
responsibility and Patriotism, in the context of the world as
a whole. The work lasts about 25 minutes and is in 5 self-
contained parts: "Calling up", "A shoe for the Stone Horse",
"A Wish", "Magic" and finally "Earth".
The edition includes a guide to the pronunciation for those
not familiar with the Latvian language.
11 US Dollars + Post etc.
Rihards Dubra "Ave Maria"
Rihards Dubra was born in 1964 and studied at the Emil Darzins
specialist music secondary school and the Latvian Music
Academy. He is now organist at one of Riga"s Roman Catholic
Churches as well as a teacher of composition and music theory
in the nearby town of Jurmala.
"Ave Maria" is a collection of 10 sacred pieces for mixed
"These pieces, four of which employ Marian texts and the
others similarly well-known words, have a great deal to offer.
Although the general idiom is diatonic, contemporary
techniques in choral writing are used freely, and for the
discerning choir director who is looking for something quite
new to add to the repertoire, this volume will prove to be an
intriguing resource book" - Church Music Quarterly October
10 US Dollars + Post etc.
Paulus Bucenus Philorodus "St. Matthew Passion" (Ideal for
this coming Easter)
Paulus Bucenus Philorodus was active in Riga around 1580, when
the city was a self governing republic. Apart from the present
work he is the composer of 24 masses and over a hundred other
The St. Matthew Passion was written for use in the Riga "Dom"
cathedral and printed in Stettin in 1578. It is in motet style
using the "Longaval" Latin text, a hybrid drawn from all four
gospels, and is one of the last Latin settings of the passion
written for the Protestant Church. The work has a rich 6 voice
texture, alternating expressive polyphonic sections with a
delicate chant-like choral recitative.
The edition in an untransposed scoring for SSATTB choir using
modern clefs. It is the first in a series of early music
publications being prepared to commemorate the 800th
anniversary of the city of Riga. Separate parts are also
available for instruments on request.
10 US Dollars (for score only) + Post etc.
Anthology of Latvian Chorus Songs 1918-1940
"Latviesu kordziesmas antologija II 1918-1940 " (An Anthology
of Latvian Chorus Songs
1918-1940). This hardback reference volume contains 55 works
from the first period of Latvian independence between the two
world wars. The book is an important reference work in its own
right, and is the second in a series documenting the
development of the Latvian Chorus song.
15 composers are represented and works have been chosen to
illustrate the development of each of the main styles. There
is an introduction in English, full translations of the texts,
as well as a pronunciation guide for choirs not familiar with
the Latvian language.
25 US Dollars + Post etc.