Symphonic Vision Evening Glow by Juris Karlsons in the Context of Regional Identity


  • Andris Vecumnieks Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music



unique and universal, National and regional identity, Mark of national identification – national indicator, Spiral development of epochs, Mobility of national identity symbol


The purpose of this work is to define the significance of the symphonic vision Vakarblāzma (Evening Glow) by Juris Karlsons in the context of regional identity and to indicate the special place of this opus in the music literature of Latvia and the world. The main objectives of the work are to describe and to define the search for national and regional identities in Latvia and in the world as well as to analyse the symphonic vision Vakarblāzma by Juris Karlsons according to the aforementioned descriptions, placing emphasis on the analysis of the unique and individual approaches of the author within the context of common and universal solutions. The main employed methods are the historic analysis of the issue and the empirical analysis, in many cases based on the experiences and personal views of the author Juris Karlsons, expressed in recorded conversations and interviews from 2010 to 2012 (author owns these recordings and retains full rights). Main conclusion – the search for national and regional identity takes place on regular basis in cyclic and spiralled manner, marking new indicators of national identity for every epoch; the unique significance of J. Karlsons is an indicator that permits universal mobility and substitutability.


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Author Biography

  • Andris Vecumnieks, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music
    Mg. art, Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, Associated Professor. From 1999-2008 he was a dean and a pro-rector of academic work at Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, since 1997 he has been a member of academic staff of Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. He reads academic and popular – science lectures also at the institutions of culture. He works as an expert and advisor at the institutions of Latvia Ministry of Education and Science and Ministry of Culture. He has worked on working out and management of the concepts of children and youths’ concerts with Latvia National Symphony Orchestra (for example, Latvia Radio 3 Classics, he is a member of jury board of competitions, a jury member of LMB, an expert of the State Culture Capital Fund MDP. He has participated at international conferences and has publications.


Intervija ar Juri Karlsonu 2012. gada 16. augustā Zosēnos. CD, A. Vecumnieka privātā kolekcija.

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Torgāns, J. (2010). Latviešu mūzikas virsotnes. Rīga: Zinātne.

История зарубежной музыки. ХХ век (2005). Москва: Музыка.




How to Cite

Vecumnieks, A. (2012). Symphonic Vision Evening Glow by Juris Karlsons in the Context of Regional Identity. ARTS AND MUSIC IN CULTURAL DISCOURSE. Proceedings of the International Scientific and Practical Conference, 129-135.