2015 will be the year of Rainis and Aspazija’s 150th birthday. Valuing the work of both writers highly and actually even confessing their love for it, “Mūzikas Saule” wants to contribute to honoring both masters. Here is the text of the first swallow – the granddaughter of Lūcija Garūta’s sister, sculptor Daina Pormale, about the creative dialogue between Garūta and Rainis.
Lūcija Garūta wrote a lot. Especially if there was a distance, there was something to be told, there was a entanglement or something special to say.
“Starry—that’s what I call Lūcija Garūta in spirit. Her music takes you from the earth, it lifts you towards the stars and the sun. Her music has the power of tenderness that cleanses and explains.” (Z. Mauriņa).
Commemorating history through music on November 11 at 5 p.m. at Old St. Gertrude’s Church in Riga, and again on November 12 at 5 p.m. at St. John’s Church in Cēsis. These performances will feature the stirring historical cantata “God, Thy Earth Is Aflame!” by Lūcija Garūta and Andrejs Eglītis. The program will also include […]
The national recording company “SKANi” has released an album of chord songs by the composer Lūcija Garūta recorded by the Latvian Radio Choir and conductor Sigvards Kļava.
In the less than a century long development of the history of Latvian music, we come across only four names of female composers. Marija Gubene (1872-1947), the author of many tasteful arrangements of folk songs, a graduate of the organ class of the Moscow Conservatory, who was joined in the twenties of the century by […]
Dedicated to the memory of niece Lailiņa.
Fire and Flame: Montreal Becomes the Stage for a January 2024 Concert Series Where Prokofiev’s Epic Narratives, Garūta’s Lyrical Brilliance, and Dukas’ Enchanted Melodies Warm the Soul”
This marks its premiere performance outside of Latvia. The concert is based on a newly crafted edition of the sheet music, produced in collaboration with the Latvian Music Information Center / SKANI.
Oratorio “God, thy earth is aflame!” is the most notable work of Lūcijas Garūta, which made him widely known in Latvia and the world. However, thanks to her outstanding talent as a pianist and long-term cooperation with singers, she has also composed many songs that can be seen as pearls of vocal chamber music. The most popular of them, “Svētā mīlā”, is a masterpiece in the genre of Latvian solo songs, which experienced its climax precisely in the interwar period, because in the following Soviet years, intimate lyrics were largely denied. The story of this song reveals to us not only the troubled personal life of the young composer, but also changes in her ideas about love.