Arirang quotes two folks songs: the Arirang from the Korean Peninsula and Latvia’s Stāvēju, dziedāju or Singing I Stood. Dubbed the unofficial national anthem of Korea, the Arirang is estimated to be more than 600 years old and to have about 3,600 variations of 60 different versions. It is inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list with local variations from both South and North Korea.
for mixed choir
Commissioned on the occasion of Latvia’s centenary for the Latvian Embassy in Seoul by Kyung-Hoon Kwon, Honorary Consul General of Latvia in South Korea
Korean and Latvian folksongs
Camarata Chamber Singers and conductor Dr Ryan Goessl at Spazio Luce Art Hall in Itaewon, Seoul on 17 November 2018