Bauska Early Music Festival
BauskaFriday night and Saturday: festival going on in the little town Bauska and in its castle remnants.
RundaleOn Sunday, the festival continues at splendid Rundale Castle, a few kilometres from Bauska.
The gates of Rundale early on Sunday. In the courtyard the final rehearsal of tonight's performance of Handel's "Acis and Galatea" is going on. Recorder sound, strings, and singing is heard all over the place. (104 Kb)
Merry audience in Rundale (209 Kb)
Edole Renaissance Music CourseEdole is a village in Western Latvia (Courland). There is a castle, a church, a grocer's shop, a post office, a lake, and a few houses in the middle of the countryside. The nearest town is Kuldiga (also known by its German name Goldingen).
On the steps of Edole Castle (126 Kb)
Big ensemble (The tuition in Edole was done partly in smaller groups of singers, dancers, and different instrumentalists, partly in a big ensemble.) (124 Kb)
Theory lesson (82 Kb)
A little spontaneous ensemble (107 Kb) Dita, Alevtina, Iveta, and Matthias
One night at the fireside a group of singing old women from the neighbouring village Alsunga sang a smashing traditional "duel song" that humorously mocked the neighbouring village in improvised verse after verse (172 Kb)
The final concert. Just at this moment a smaller group is dancing. In the background, lute teacher Stewart McCoy and by viol and wind instrument teacher Margaret Westlake are playing. Behind them you see the arrangers of the course, Solvita Sejane and Paul Madgwick (142 Kb)
Lute duet (108 Kb) Stewart McCoy and Peter Martin
Other thingsSome private pictures from the same trip. (I visited friends of mine in Riga on my way from the Bauska festival to the Edole course.)
Then I had a beer in the old town (109 Kb)
My friend in Riga (172 Kb)
On the steps of my friends' house (135 Kb)
In the kitchen of my friends' place (126 Kb)
Linkswww.sveiks.com--an American e-magazine that covers most things Latvian, amongst other things they keep a calendar of cultural events
A compilation of early music events in Latvia 1998
The official homepage of the Edole summer school (unfortunately it seems empty for the time being (18 June 1999))
A narrative from Edole by lutenist Peter Martin
Another narrative by Brigitte Bock (in German)
Copyright © Matthias Bolliger.