Presentation of the book "Techniques of Melodic Formation in Latvian Recitatives", Riga,
31 October 2003
At the last day of October, after an annual conference of folklore studies, there
passed a presentation of the book of Martin Boiko Techniques of Melodic
Formation in Latvian Recitatives.
The holiday began with a Martin's day's song performed by the
(of course, the song was a hint to the author's name too). Then the publisher of
the book Solvita Sējāne has thanked everyone, who helped to put the book out.
Martin Boiko makes a speech
The author has expressed satisfaction, that contents of the book at last
became a property of the all Latvian society. The book is written already
for a long time, now he works on other subjects. The main conclusions of
the book: 1) already for a long time was felt a shortage of a terminology of
description of Latvian telled songs - for now it is created; 2) the ancient
layer of the Latvian folk music has much more common things with the Estonian
folk music than with the Lithuanian one; 3) our ancestors were able to
improvise very well.
The second song of Grodi illustrated the last conclusion - almost
every couplet sounded diferently, but, of course, it had basic features
of the melody.
Then Martin has presented other two works, in creation of which he
participated: a compact disc of spiritual songs of old-believers of Latvia
and a Baltic number of the magazine The World of music.
After the third song of Grodi and joyful words of the
director of the Archives of Latvian Folklore Dace Bula, all
those present have invited to an adjoining room, where behind a
glass of wine was possible to discuss about the book.
Songs' recordings from this activity:
Article: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš, 6 November 2003
Photos: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš