Jānis Ivanovs

Jānis Ivanovs (* 9. October 1906 in Preiļi with Daugavpils, Lettgallen; † 27. March 1983 in Riga) was a lettischer composer.

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Ivanovs studied piano and composition at the conservatoire in Riga until 1931; subsequently, it visited the master class for composition of Jāzeps Vītols to 1933. Starting from 1931 it was active with the Letti broadcast as a conductor of the radio info. never orchestra and clay/tone master. 1944 he became lecturer in composition at the Letti conservatoire Riga. It kept the posts of the artistic director of the Letti broadcast, which it held one year later until 1963. 1955 were finally carried Ivanovs for the professor for composition and instrumentation at the Letti conservatoire Riga. It implemented this training activity to to its end of life. Ivanovs received several state prices for its compositions and in the year 1956 the people artist of the USSR was appointed.


Ivanovs' style changed itself in the course of its life strongly; its work exhibits therefore several different style periods. Into the 1930er years created it a kind lettische national romance, whose clay/tone language develops to a large extent on the music of the romance. Many of the musical pictures of the works of this time exhibit a large nature solidarity. A rather dark intonation, which should pull its entire work through, is remarkable. After Ivanovs at the beginning of the 1940er years and. A. And intensified its Harmonik took up influences of Claude Debussy noticeably, took it approximately around for the time being 1948 again distance from this tendency and oriented themselves at socialist realism. The works of this time radiate optimism and people solidarity. Toward end of the 1950er years continued to pursue he his way broken off before. It oriented itself now at more modern composers such as Honegger, Strawinsky or Bartók. Further experiments led it to beginning of the 1960er years to the twelve-audio engineering. The intonation of the works of this time is partially quite aggressive. Toward end of the 1960er years changed Ivanovs again its style and turned to a kind Neoromantik, which and. A. a renewed turn to a strongly extended tonality meant, which it in the traditional sense as constant principle of its compositions separate however less rather than a kind style means began. Ivanovs ranks among the most important lettischen composers. Its Symphonien, which were compared due to their mixture of Tragik and heroischen gestures with Greek tragedies, form the emphasis of its work.


  • 21 Symphonien, and. A.
    • Nr.3 f-moll (1938)
    • Nr.4 it-moll “Atlantis” (after Platons island Atlantis) with woman choir (1941)
    • Nr.5 C major (1945)
    • Nr.6 e-moll “Lettgallen” (1949)
    • Nr.8 h-moll (1956)
    • Nr.10 D major (1963)
    • Nr.13 D-moll “Sinfonia humana” for speakers and orchestras (1969)
    • Nr.15 b-moll “Sinfonia ipsa” (1972)
    • Nr.20 h-moll (1981)
    • Nr.21 C-moll (1983, unfinished)
  • other orchestra works
    • Sinfonietta for caper orchestras h-moll (1977)
    • “cloud mountains”, symphonische seal (1938)
    • “rainbow”, symphonische seal (1939)
    • “Lāčplēsis”, symphonische seal (1957)
    • piano concert g-moll (1959)
    • Violinkonzert e-moll (1951)
    • Violoncellokonzert h-moll (1938, reconstructed in the war lost, 1945)
  • vowel music
    • “Poem” for choir and caper orchestra (1973)
    • “the song” for choir and orchestra (1978)
    • songs
    • of choirs
  • chamber music
    • caper quartet Nr.1 (1931/32)
    • caper quartet Nr.2 C major (1946)
    • caper quartet Nr.3 (1961)
    • Klaviertrio h-moll (1976)
  • piano music
    • Sonata brevis it-moll (1962)
    • variations e-moll (1948)
    • 24 sketches (1965-72)
    • 20 Präludien (1934-82)

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