C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface



Annual report 2005

The main event usually in the Latvian Contemporary music scene is the Festival Of New Music ARENA (Riga, October 2 – 16, 2005). 

Alongside the guests--London Sinfonietta (Great Britain), The Pearls Before Swine (Sweden), IRCAM (France) and Windkraft Tirol (Austria), Latvia’s most active contemporary music “teams” performed: the Latvian Radio Choir (conductors Sigvards Klava and Kaspars Putnins) and the Riga Chamber Players (conductor Normunds Sne). 

Beside the performances of new Swedish, Estonian and “classic” contemporary music works by Pierre Boulez, Iannis Xenakis, Edgard Varese, Gyorgy Ligeti, John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, there were also premieres of Latvian composers’ music: Eriks Esenvalds (b.1977) Legende de la Femme Enmuree, 

Andris Dzenitis (b.1978) Four Madrigals by E.E.Cummings (winner of the 3rd Jurgenson International Competition for Young Composers on 13 June 2005), 

Selga Mence (b.1953) LIVONIA.Carmen de voluptate et dolore. 

The Latvian Radio Choir has always been the leader for Latvian contemporary vocal music: permanent collaboration with composers, giving commissions and experimenting with various kinds of singing, including folkloral approach (Valdis Muktupavels Parcelajs (1958) CD release). At the same time the classic contemporary recording of Martins Vilums’ (b.1974) piece Le temps scintille won the 52. UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers 2005 in Vienna. 

Overall the “born in 70-ties” generation is possibly the strongest now in Latvian contemporary music, the list of active composers being as follows: Santa Ratniece, Janis Petraskevics, Rolands Kronlaks, Gundega Smite, Ruta Paidere, Solveiga Selga – Timpere, Anitra Tumsevica, Marite Dombrovska. 

An essential creative space in Latvian contemporary music is occupied by the chamber music ensemble Altera Veritas, exploring special sound techniques and unusual timbres of Latvian traditional instruments called kokle (akin to Finninsh, Estonian and Lithuanian similar plucked/strummed string instruments). 

Altera Veritas was awarded the main prize for the best performance of contemporary music at the International contest "Tina Orsi Anguissola Scotti" in Italy, Val Tidone, in June 2005. 

New works for the ensemble were written by Imants Mezaraups, Eriks Esenvalds, Gundega Smite, Indra Rise, Marite Dombrovska, Valdis Zilveris and Peteris Plakidis. 

(Altera Veritas will participate in the 2006 Dundaga Workshop for Young Composers 2006.)
(Dundaga Workshop for Young Composers) (Latvian Radio choir). 
Ugis Praulins, Chairman, Latvian Composers’ Union
More information: (Latvian Music Information Centre)