- Arnolds Klotiņš
(b Riga, March 4, 1947; d Aug 8, 2017). Latvian composer. He graduated from Valentins Utkins’s composition class (1970) at the Latvian State Conservatory and worked as music director for the Latvian National Theatre (1969–74). From 1974 he taught composition and theory at the Latvian State Conservatory, where from 1991 he was a professor. His favourite genre was the concerto for orchestra with solo group, and he made free use of modernized forms of Baroque music such as the concerto grosso and other forms of instrumental dialogue. Purely musical ideas predominate over extra-musical ones, lending his work a neo-Classical and, in his early period, anti-Romantic disposition. Plakidis’s stylistic base expanded in the 1980s, and the logic of Classically rational forms in his works conveniently balances the presentation of diverse musical ideas, Romantic ones included. His solo songs have gained attention for respecting the structure of modern Latvian poetry....