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Collection of Piano Music By Roberts Liede Released (21/09/2021)

In partnership with the Latvian Composers’ Union, publisher Musica Baltica has released Pieces for Piano, a collection by little-known Latvian composer Roberts Liede. All the pieces included in the collection are first releases.

Composer Roberts Liede (1967-2006) was from Riga. He graduated from the Emīls Dārziņš Music Secondary School, where his first composition teachers were Imants Zemzaris and Ģederts Ramans, and the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (1990), where he studied composition under Ādolfs Skulte. He worked as a teacher at the Emīls Dārziņš Music Secondary School (1988-1990) and the Riga 3rd Children’s Music School (2000-2002). Significantly, he was also a music programming editor at Latvian Television (1990-2000).

Liede wrote musical theatre, symphonic, choral and chamber works, and a significant portion of his oeuvre was also given over to piano pieces. Based in the neoclassical, neoromantic aesthetic, the piano pieces reflect the composer’s unique worldview and multifaceted world of characters.

In the introduction to Pieces for Piano, pianist Inguna Puriņa writes:

“Roberts Liede’s piano miniatures are like a string of pearls leading in this collection to more expansive pieces: two ballads. The piano has always been present in his oeuvre, even more so considering how well the composer himself played. Over the years, as his style developed, some of his piano pieces gained orchestral colours. We can mention, for example, his piece Aizlūgums, which became the epilogue to his opera Mazais princis.

“The collection contains around half of Liede’s piano works. In general, his pieces for piano are rich in harmonic language and interesting ever-changing rhythms, which lend the music a natural, speech-like quality.

 “Both music school students and concert pianists will find something to play in this collection.”

The publication of this collection was supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation. 

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