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MARGERS ZARINSH (1910-1993) is a multifaceted Latvian composer: he wrote six operas, three oratorios, a large number of choral pieces, chamber ensembles, symphonic works, folk songs. He also successfully studied organ music. With his two organ concerts, the composer significantly expanded this genre, which is little developed in Latvian music.
The first organ concert by M. Zarins, bearing the title Concerto Inocentе (“Simple Concert”), was written in 1969 and is dedicated to the memory of the composer’s father, Otto Zarins, Honored Teacher of the Latvian SSR, organist, a man to whom Margers Zarins owes not only his first music lessons , but also by the fact that she became his profession.
Songs of Bilitis (May 1969) – a three-part vocal cycle for mezzo-soprano, guitar and organ continues the line of stylization of the classics of Old French, Ancient Greek, Japanese, Indian art and art of other peoples, clearly passing through creativity M. Zarinsha. The cycle is based on the love poems of the imaginary student of the ancient Greek poetess Sappho – Bilitis, actually composed by unknown old French poets.
Variations for organ on a Bach theme were written in the same year. In total, there are five variations-moods in the cycle, in which the thematic material undergoes various metamorphoses with great skill, until the music of the solemn choral introduction is heard again. With it, Margers Zarinsh completes his polyphonic composition, glorifying the great art of Bach.
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