Traditional Latvian music is often set to traditional poetry called dainas , featuring pre-Christian themes and legends, drone vocal styles and Baltic psaltery. Traditional Latvian folklore , especially the dance of the folk songs , date back well over a thousand years. More than 1. Dainas are very short, usually only one or two stanzas, unrhymed and in a four-footed trochaic metre. Lyrically, dainas concern themselves with native mythology but, in contrast to most similar forms, do not have any legendary heroes. The Latvian-exile community abroad, especially in the United States , has also kept kokles traditions alive. In the last hundred years a new kind of kokles was developed, with many more strings, halftones levelers and other improvements that expand the capacities of the instrument to play not only modal music but, in another point of view, displeased more traditional musicians. This kind of instrument is called " concert kokles ". However, there is currently only one maker of concert kokles left, though he is to begin training apprentices with the help of EU grants. Choir traditions are very strong in Latvia.
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I was born in Australia to Latvian parents. Through music, films and stories they, my grandparents and wider community raised me to be and identify as Latvian. Through it all we learnt about the Singing Revolution and other key moments in local history. Of course, as we got older, music became something through which we bonded and found likeminded people. While living abroad again, I experienced first hand how the lack of these shared cultural experiences can make it hard to feel like you belong. At public events like the Carnaval de Binche in Belgium I was a mere bystander, an onlooker trying to make sense of what was going on around me.
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There are more than 1. The oldest written documentations of Latvian folk songs that have survived are dated and The first collections of Latvian folk songs, which were compiled by the German clergymen G. Bergmann and F. Wahr, were published in Despite the wave of modernization in the 19th century, Latvians managed to preserve their tradition of Dainas, mostly because it was passed on from generation to generation. As the German geographer and traveller J.
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