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« Reply #30 on: February 10, 2013, 08:58:10 pm »

Ramans's Sixth is quite strong as well, and very different from the lighter works he is apparently best known for.

Interesting that you should mention Ramans... I'm planning to upload some of his music soon. Yes, very interesting.

This reminds me of another composer whose name is familiar (not only through his famous daughter) but whose music is almost absent from the catalogue: Alberts Jerums. His Second sonata for violin and piano is superb. Do you know of any recordings of his orchestral music?

Yes, I have one work of his for chamber orchestra, which I can upload in the near future.

I didn't know Jerums had a famous daughter -- who is she and what is she famous for? I knew a daughter of his named Jana, who sang in a wonderful Latvian chamber choir called "Atbalss" (Echo), in London back in the 1980s. Sadly I never met Jerums himself. He died in 1979, just as my involvement in emigre Latvian music began. Jerums is still revered among emigre Latvians for his cultural contributions, but apart from a choral setting of the Latvian folksong "Ej, saulite, driz pie Dieva," his music is almost never performed, sadly. Even from Latvia itself, I don't hear about any significant performances. A well-loved personality in England in his lifetime, and a "musician's musician" among his colleagues. A fine conductor as well.
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