Latvijas Prezidents Egils Levits: “Muzikā Latvija ir liela valsts”

Президент Латвии Эгилс Левитс и министр культуры Наурис Пунтулис для The Guardian о роли культуры и музыки в развитии Латвийского государства. Статья в The Guardian называется: “Может ли музыка объединить молодую нацию?” 

Приведены примеры латвийских музыкантов, добившихся международной известности: Марис Янсонс, Гидон Кремер, Миша Майский.

Мы можем добавить к этому списку и других латвийских музыкантов еврейского происхождения: Оскар Строк, Сара Рашина, Михаил Александрович, Герман Ядловкер, Инесса Галанте, Рамон Яффе и др. 

А говоря о педагогах, внесший свой вклад в развитие латышской и латвийской музыкальной культуры, вспомнить Менделя Баша, Макса Гольдина, Людмилу Письменную, Адольфа Меца, Израиля Абрамиса… 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/26/can-music-unite-a-young-nation

LR Prezidents Egils Levits: “In culture there are no [automatic] small countries and big countries. In music Latvia is a big country…

…Culture was central to the survival of Latvian identity during the occupation and is just as important now in a digital age that threatens to atomise the population. “The choral movement has a big social role,” he says, “especially in the countryside, with people coming together over a period of years to prepare for the song festival.” The fact that the anti-Soviet movement of 1987-91 that led to the independence of Latvia and the other Baltic states was called the Singing Revolution underlines the social and political importance of the choir tradition.

LR Kultūras ministrs Nauris Puntulis: “When we founded our state [after the first world war], culture was a central element, more important in a way than political structures. The only way for us to exist was to nurture our culture…

There was, though, one beneficial byproduct of that almost 50-year Soviet occupation – the network of free music schools that have helped a country of just 2 million people to produce a battery of international classical music stars: conductors Mariss Jansons and Andris Nelsons; opera singers Elīna Garanča and Kristine Opolais; violinists Gidon Kremer and Baiba Skride; and cellist Mischa Maisky…”

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