Eriks Esenvalds was born on January 26th in Priekule, Latvia in 1977. He still lives in Latvia with his wife and four children. He works as a composition teacher at the Latvian Academy for Music. He is also a public speaker. One of his current commission projects includes writing for the South Dakota Chorale.
His work has been included in several choral compilations his work has also been featured on six different albums. In 2018 he wants to have a multimedia symphony that uses volcanoes as its inspiration. His genre is classical and his styles are choral, opera, and chamber music. He sang in a choir himself from 2002 to 2011. He was a part of the Latvian State Choir during those years. He has won the Latvian Grand Music Award 3 times and those are just a few of his achievements.
His work has been premiered all over the world and a lot of places in the U.S.A. He is also a popular speaker and he gives talks about his music and different topics.The first song I chose for this paper is “Stars”. The song really actually sounds like how a night would sound like. The way they change notes reminds me of the wind in the trees or something.
The piece itself makes me think of a clear night sky where you can really see the stars and then when I watched the video of it it made me think more specifically of a summer night for some reason. The piece was written for SATB. There’s some kind of instrument going that sounds like a bell or ringing sound. The song is in english and its very slow and mellow. I couldn’t find any background information on the song or why it was written. When the girls come in and sing at the beginning it really sets a kind of mood for the whole song just very light sounding at the beginning and then when the guys com in then the sound gets a lot heavier.
I chose this song because whatever kind of instrument they had going at the beginning made me wanna listen to the rest of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I50-fqV2WKoThe second song I chose for this was “Only in Sleep”. The song is still of a dreamy sound with a girl singing a solo at the begining to set the tone.
It looks like it is an SATB arrangement of the song. It sounds similar to the other song I chose where it’s slow and dreamy. This one I guess the only thing I think of is sleeping because it’s a lullabye sound. It sounds a little bit sad too I guess. The song is in english and it sounds acapella again. I didn’t see any back story on this song either. I thought this song might have a backstory to it though because the song itself seems like it is telling a story with the girl at the beginning being different from the rest of the choir and the fact that she starts alone and then the rest of the choir backs her up it sounds like this is her story in a song and they are helping her tell it.
It sounds like the song could be about overcoming things since it rises and falls a few times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvPynMI6Umc The last song I chose for this paper was “O Salutaris Hostia”. In this song it opens with a soprano singing a solo and it sounds really cool and then the guys come in and start singing.
The song starts to build and then get quieter and then eventually the other lady parts start coming in and harmonizing with her so it is a really cool effect the different parts have on each other. This song was written for all the parts so SATB choir. The song doesn’t have a super happy tone to it.
It isn’t overly sad though either it has kind of a neutral tone to it. It does have a build in it too though and the end sounds like some heavenly voice which makes me think that something just got fixed like that there was a problem and the end of the song there is a resolution. In conclusion his songs seem to have a neutral tone.