Aizej, lietiņ (Go Away, Rain)

for double mixed choir and instrumental ensemble

In Aizej, lietiņ (Go Away, Rain), Ešenvalds masterfully combines textures ranging from traditional herdsman’s calls and kokles, the Latvian stringed folk instrument, to expansive choral harmonies and accordion accompaniment. These varying colors swirl together as the choir pleads with the rain to stay away from Midsummer celebrations and instead allow the sun to shine.

— from notes by Christopher Walsh Sinka © 2017

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Year
2005
Instrumentation
SSSATB soli, SSAATTBB, SSAATTBB, pipe, bd, acc, 2 kokles
Lyrics
Latvian folksong
Language
Latvian
Duration
6 min 30 sec
Score
ISMN
979-0-706658-48-3 (MB0341 and MB0341A)
Recordings
State Choir LatvijaFrom the dim and distant past