Latvian Activities: Music

Figure 1.--Here we see a orcestral group at a Latvian gymnasium (seconmdary school) in the 1930s. We are not sure what M5c means. The children are obviously in diiferent classes. V. Fetlers is probably the teacher heading the group. A very yoing boy is leading the group. We are not sure if he was an especially talented boy or if was perhaps the teacher's son. A gymnasium took children at a youngr age than an American high school, but some of tese children look rather young for a gymnasium.

Latvia is a very small country, but has produced an imoressive number of world-class musicians. We do not yet know much about music in Latvia. The German cultural influence has surely been a significant factor in latvian music. This has been an influence in clasical music. The Soviets also promoted music which had less ideological connotation than the other arts. Pēteris Vasks is perhaps the best known Latvian composer. The Boston Symphony Ochestra, the Councertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, as well as the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra in 2019 were all led by Latvians. We note a music group at a Latvian genesium (secondary school) during the idependece period of the 1930s. We suspect that was fairly common in gimesia atbthetime. We note modern music festivals. The Latvian Song and Dance Festival is a major annual event. There are also folk festivals. The Positivus Festival is the thergest and most important music festival in the Baltics featuring popular music. It offers an impressive lineup of international stars and high quality music, friendly atmosphere, and a good time for all the entire weekend. The location of the festival - the beautiful coastline at Salacgrīva, provides atmosphere that allows everyone to fully enjoy precious summer moments, greatly appreciated by the participating musicians themes. Since regaining indepence from the Soviet Union, it is is contemporary classical music that has especially flourished. There are also some choral groups. Latvian choirs in recent years have earned an impressin reputayio bu winning awards in international competitions, including the European Grand Prix and the main prize of the Choir Olympics.


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