Ē.Ešenvalds has composed an official song

Ē.Ešenvalds has composed an official song
04-07-2012 A+ A-
The composer Ēriks Ešenvalds has composed an official song for the World Choir Games which are to be held in 2014 in Riga within the scope of the year of the European Capital of Culture. The World Choir Games have their own official song, however, each city hosting the games also chooses its own special song. For Riga this will be My Song, composed by Ēriks Ešenvalds, with the lyrics by the Indian poet, Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore. The official song tells about the ability of singing to give you wings and surround you with strength in crucial times.

The World Choir Games take place every two years and on each occasion unite about 20 thousand singers from around the world. The organisers of the World Choir Games in Riga, the foundation Riga 2014, hope that the choir games in Riga might go down in history as the largest event of such type ever held.

The song is recorded in both choral and solo versions, thus enabling us to demonstrate our choral singing traditions, and, at the same time, attract a large-scale audience.

The choral version of Ēriks Ešenvalds’s song My Song was recorded by the youth choir Kamer…, and solo version by the singer Intars Busulis. The youth choir Kamer… conducted by Jānis Liepiņš, as well as Intars Busulis, string orchestra Sinfonia Concertante and musicians Artis Gāga, Kristaps Krievkalns, Romāns Vendiņš, Andris Barons, Pēteris Liepiņš and Gundars Lintiņš took part in the recording of the song.

It was decided to entrust the composing of the special song of the games specifically to Ēriks Ešenvalds, because he is one of the most popular Latvian composers of the new generation, who has also gained remarkable success outside the borders of Latvia. Ēriks Ešenvalds as the signer of the State Academic Choir Latvija has a highly developed feel for the choral texture, which is an essential factor in composing choral music. His experience in working with a number of high class international artists and audiences enabled him to create an emotionally saturated song which is understandable to the widest general public. Richard Morrison, music critic for The Times, called Ēriks Ešenvalds the next great phenomenon of musical mysticism.

More information regarding the song, the lyrics and audio records of the song are published on the Riga 2014 World Choir Games home page at www.2014worldchoirgames.com.


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