A new encyclopaedic publication has been prepared by an authors’ collective and edited by literature specialist Raimonds Briedis to mark the centenary of the Republic of Latvia.
The book Cilvēki un notikumi latviešu zemēs no Ledus aiziešanas līdz Latvijas valstij (People and events in Latvian lands from the leaving of Ice to Latvian State) is a comprehensive chronological and encyclopaedic overview of the events in the cultural space of Latvia over ten centuries. It begins with the time when ice melted in Baltic lands till 1918 when the Republic of Latvia was proclaimed.
The format of synoptic tables is utilised in the book, offering a simultaneous survey of the course of history, social and culture events, permitting synchronism and concurrency of specific processes, and at the same time marking their place in the big picture. The chronicle includes facts from sources unused until now.
Gregorian chants in Medieval Riga
Missale Rigense in the Spiritual Culture of Livonia
“Gregorian carol is a unique culture historical phenomenon in the history of world music. Recent decades witness its rapid and intensive renaissance, which continues to manifest both in research and performing art, as well as in music recording industry.
The interest in Gregorian chants in Latvia remains consistent for more than twenty years, however, until now it has been looked upon as a phenomenon of music history which has taken place somewhere far away and long ago, therefore having no connection with history of Latvian music, its development and search for identity. The time has come to open a new page: this research is dedicated to the local Gregorian tradition of Riga and aspires to provide information about early manifestations of Latvian music history, beginning with Livonian era.”