Bartók, Béla Viktor János
Bennet, Richard Rodney
Bozza, Eugène Joseph
Dahl, Walter Ingolf Marcus
Del Tredici, David
Griffes, Charles Tomlinson
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Hüe, Georges Adolphe
Jirák, Karel Boleslav
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La Montaine, John
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Pēteris Vasks: "Little Summer Music" for flute and piano was written in 1985, originally for violin and piano, and premiered later in early autumn at the Latvian Music Academy in Riga by violinist Jānis Bulavs and pianist Ilona Breģe. Since the composer couldn't stand the hustle and bustle of the city during summer, he usually spent his summers with his family at the dormitory of some boarding school in Latvia which usually was empty during summertime. And, what's more important, usually a piano could be also found nearby as well.
This six-movement composition reflects the composer's admiration of nature as opposed to the brutal conditions of the city that additionally had to withstand the growing problems of Soviet social life at that time.
The version for flute and piano was made in 2016 at the request of Danish flutist Janne Thomsen who wanted to commission a new composition to be premiered at Holstebro International Music Festival. Due to the composer's other engagements at that time, he offered to make a flute arrangement of his "Little Summer Music". This new original arrangement was premiered in October 2016 by Janne Thomsen and pianist Bengt Forsberg.
Marianna Schiriniyan (piano), live performance at the Stiftfestival 2019
I. Broadly, sonorously II. Unhurried III. Vigorously IV. Sadly V. Cheerfully VI. Broadly.
Pēteris Vasks (1946) is a Latvian composer who was born in a little town of Aizpute in a family of Baptist priest during Soviet times. After initial music and double-bass studies at the Lithuanian Music Academy, he continued composition studies with Valentin Utkin at the Latvian Music Academy. While working at various orchestras as a double-bass player he composed his first compositions, influenced by works of W. Lutosławski, K.Penderecki and G. Crumb.
Gradually he developed his own style: often including Latvian folk music and programmatic titles. His music is generally extremely clear, referring to nature and above all – relations between nature and man. Starting from 1990s his career took off when violinist Gidon Kremer started to introduce his music to broader audiences. Among his most popular compositions: works for string orchestra Cantabile (1979), Musica dolorosa (1984), six string quartets (the 4th and 5th were composed for Kronos Quartet); violin (1997) and flute (2008) concertos. He is a recipient of numerous awards and prizes.
Vasks considers flute his favorite woodwind instrument and overall has written 5 different compositions for it: "Aria and Dance" (1972) for flute and piano; "Landscape with Birds" (1980) for flute solo; Sonata for Flute and Alto Flute solo (1992); Flute concerto (2008), and the "Little Summer music" for flute and piano (2016).