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Vasks: Musica Dolorosa for String Orchestra

Pēteris Vasks
B. April 16, 1946 in Aizpute, Latvia

Like Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli or Sofia Gubaidulina, Pēteris Vasks is a composer whom the West has only come to know since the demise of the Soviet Union. Born in the Latvian city of Aizpute, Vasks was the son of a clergyman and suffered from official discrimination as a result. He did, however, manage to study double bass at the Riga Conservatory and in the comparative freedom of the Lithuanian Music Academy in Vilnius, and returned to Riga where he worked as a professional player while studying composition in the 1970s. His music began to be heard in Britain in the late 1980s and was taken up by the German publisher Schott in 1990. Since Latvia’s independence in 1991, Vasks’ music has reached an even wider audience, especially through its use by dance companies such as that of Bill T. Jones and the Nederlands Dans Theater. READ MORE



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