Vasks: "Plainscapes"


“Because it has given me so many unique and joyous moments, the natural beauty of Latvia has been the stimulus for much of my work.

The flatlands are one of the dominant features of Latvian landscape, a place where you can see the horizon and observe the starlit sky.

Plainscapes is constructed of three vocalises, which are separated by small interludes. The underlying text is merely a suggestion, and can be changed to suit the individual. The dynamic of this diatonic, meditative composition remains almost exclusively piano, however, at the end of the third vocalist, the character changes. An increasing crescendo leads to the climax-to the vision of nature’s awakening.”

- Pēteris Vasks

 Pēteris Vasks (1946- )

Pēteris Vasks (1946- )