International conference



Riga, October 10-12, 2013

Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music


Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music invites to submit presentations for the international scientific conference dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Jāzeps Vītols,  outstanding Latvian composer and first rector of the Latvian Conservatory.

The name of the Latvian composer Jāzeps Vītols (1863-1948) is an integral part of the cultural memory for several generations. Monumental personality of Jāzeps Vītols and his versatile creative activity, especially works for choir and piano, have permanently been of interest to performing artists. His song for choir Gaismas pils is an icon of the Latvian national musical culture. Master`s principles of composition genetically connected with the traditions of the 19th century  St.Petersburg composition school  for many of his pupils have implied the Law of Moses. At the same time composer`s musical heritage has encountered also stagnant attitude, and many works (especially of the latest period) are still expecting their musical interpretation. Therefore possibly complete estimate of Jāzeps Vītols`  works is one of the most  essential tasks in the evaluation of the composer`s creative contribution both in the artistic interpretation and scientific research.  The identity of Jāzeps Vītols also deserves more substantial scientific discussion. What is the intellectual range of his contribution ? What does it mean to the composers` generations of Latvia and other nations (Russian, Estonian, Lithuanian) ? What are biographical, social and cultural contexts of Jāzeps Vītols works ? Solution of those and other issues on the composer`s  150th anniversary would be a valuable step on the road to the new and critical view in the understanding of this great personality.


Participants are welcome to send proposals on following subjects:

  • Latvian community in St.Petersburg at the end of the  19th century among Russian, German and Latvian culture
  • Jāzeps Vītols` professional and personal relationships with musicians of other nations
  • Jāzeps Vītols in the music life of the German-speaking society
  • Acquisition of the composition theory in St.Petersburg on the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, its provenance and influence nowadays
  • Characteristics of St.Petersburg musical critique and Jāzeps Vītols critical essays in this context
  • Jāzeps Vītols` arrangements of M. Mussorgsky  songs and the editing problem of M. Mussorgsky music
  • Stylistics of Jāzeps Vītols music in the 19th/20th centuries in the context of the European music
  • Specific features of Jāzeps Vītols mode of composition for choir and its development in his works
  • Jāzeps Vītols and folklore
  • Jāzeps Vītols in the mirror of his critics
  • Epistolary heritage of Jāzeps Vītols and the level of its acquirement
  • Phenomenon of Jāzeps Vītols identity


The length of each presentation :                30 minutes:

presentation – 20 minutes

discussion – 10 minutes


Working languages of the conference:       Latvian, English, Russian

Translation will be provided.

Conference materials will be published in the collection of scientific papers.


Presentation proposals should be submitted electronically together with the short summary (approx. 200 words) to the following e-mail addresses:



Deadline for submission of proposals:                              June 1, 2013

Deadline for submission of the full text:                             September 1, 2013


Conference is organized by JVLMA  in frames of festive events  dedicated to the 150th anniversary  of Jāzeps Vītols.


Working group of the conference:

Dr. Anda Beitāne

Professor, Vice-rector for Creative Work and Research

Head of Ethnomusicology class


Dr. Jānis Kudiņš

Assist.professor, Head of Musicology Department

Researcher of JVLMA Research Centre


Dr. Lolita Fūrmane


Researcher of JVLMA Research Centre


Mg. Ieva Pāne


Acting Head of JVLMA Research Centre


Mg. Zane Prēdele

Doctoral student

Manager of Jāzeps Vītols Memorial Study

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