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Pēteris Vasks (born April 16, 1946) is a Latvian composer.

Vasks was born in Aizpute, Latvia, to a family of a Baptist pastor. He trained as a double-bass player, and played in several Latvian orchestras before entering the State Conservatory in Vilnius in the neighboring Lithuania to study composition, as he was prevented from doing this in Latvia due to Soviet repressive policy toward Baptists. He started to become known outside Latvia in the 1990s.

Initially, Vasks' style owed much… read more

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  • Avatar for BarbraSexaroid
    Cello concerto no.2 played by Sol Gabetta holy shit that is good.
  • Avatar for CosmicOrigin
    Just be glad Vasks and Pärt are gaining recognition for their works while they're still alive. Too many artist leave beautiful masterpieces only to be completely ignored by the masses.
  • Avatar for SateinenSaa
    I really do not understand why Arvo Pärt is so well-known and popular but Vasks... [2]
  • Avatar for I0000days
    Sounds like Arvo Pärt in an alternate Universe where he composes empty music for ardent non-believers.
  • Avatar for oevenui
    the Piano Quartet kicks ass!
  • Avatar for lelusio
    Violin Concerto is the best piece !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Avatar for noisebus
    symphony no.3!
  • Avatar for lelusio
    String Quartet No. 4 played by Kronos Quartet... best piece by Vasks ;o) [2]
  • Avatar for StDionysus
    yay! for the new pic!
  • Avatar for hymenocallis
    I have an album containing Distant Light, Musica Dolorosa and Viatore. I can't tell which piece is best. They are all so powerful and emotional and utterly magnificent. I highly recommend his music.

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