Folk songs are an important part of many cultures and are often influential on artists, poets, playrights, and composers. Pūt, Vējiņi (Blow, Wind) is an example of a folk song from the Latvian culture that has experienced a transformation from the tables of the home to the stages of the theater. The narrative of Pūt, Vējiņi has been portrayed through countless musical arrangements, a play, two operas, a film, and a musical, and the story continues to thrive. An overview of the evolution of the song and analyses of the opera by a blacklisted composer, Felicita Tomsone, and the film music by Imants Kalniņš will be given, thus showing the importance of Pūt, Vējiņi as a thriving subject within Latvian music and theater.
|Commitee:||Briggs, Ray, Lindau, Elizabeth|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Bob Cole Conservatory of Music|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Music, East European Studies|
|Keywords:||Daina, Kalnins, Imants, Latvia, Opera, Tomsone, Felicita|
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