The First Sound Recordings of the Archives of Latvian Folklore, Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia

In 1924, six years after the foundation of the Latvian State, the Archives of Latvian Folklore (ALF) were founded. The aim of this institution was “to collect, publish and study” Latvian folklore. […]

January 30th, 2017|News, Sound categories|0 Comments

December 19 – A letter to Santa

Dear Santa, This year we have been working hard, thinking good thoughts and now are looking forward to the coming Christmas! Here, the snow has fallen and melted, several times already – has it been the same where you live? […]

December 19th, 2016|Music, News|0 Comments

The Latvian “nightingale” Elfrīda Pakule

Historical sound recordings are treasures that, since the end of 19th century, inform us about musical life, about performers and about musical interpretation. We would like to tell you about one of the great 20th century Latvian opera voices, a coloratura soprano, whose recording legacy is a powerful witness to her remarkable voice. […]

April 4th, 2016|Music, News, Sound categories|0 Comments

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the National Library of Latvia

Adding Latvia’s musicians to Wikipedia! Eighteen people who are passionate about Latvia’s musicians came together on the 12th of March at the National Library of Latvia to enrich Wikipedia during an edit-a-thon with beautiful archival material. The National Library of Latvia released 80 audio files for the Europeana Sounds edit-a-thon from their collection of historical Latvian sound recordings to enrich Wikipedia articles, including composers and performers like Andrejs Jurjāns, Brāļi Laivinieki and Aleksandrs Daškovs. […]

March 14th, 2016|Music, News|0 Comments

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the National Library of Latvia

Help us with adding archival sounds to Wikipedia! How much do you know about 20th century Latvia’s musicians? Do you want to share your knowledge about them, and find out even more? On the 12th of March you will have the chance! The National Library of Latvia (NLL) together with Wikipedia and Europeana Sounds will [...]

March 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the National Library of Latvia

Latvia’s anthem: a short history

For the very first Latvian Song Festival in 1873 Latvian composer Kārlis Baumanis (1835-1905) composed for male choir a song-prayer “Dievs, svētī Latviju!” (God, bless Latvia!). His composition later became the anthem of the Republic of Latvia. It was written at a time when Latvia did not exist as a sovereign state […]

November 18th, 2015|News|0 Comments