Plakidis, Peteris , Latvian composer; b. Riga, March 4, 1947. He graduated from the Latvian Cons. in Riga (1970), where he studied composition with V. Utkins and Gederts Ramans and where he taught from 1973. He also was secretary of the Latvian Composer’s Union (1978–84; from 1989). In 1990 he made a tour of the U.S. as harpsichordist of the Latvian Chamber Orch.
ORCH .: Music for Piano, Timpani, and Strings (1969); Piano Concerto (1975); Legend (1976); Interchanges for a Group of Soloists (1977); Concerto for 2 Oboes and Chamber Orch. (1982); Concerto-Ballad for 2 Violins, Piano, and Strings (1984); Canto (1989). CHAMBER : Improvisation and Burlesque for Piano Trio (1966); Prelude and Pulsation for Wind Quintet (1975); 2 Sketches for Oboe (1975); Fifths, invention for 2 Pianos (1976); 2 Retrospections (1977); A Short Canon and Animated Cartoon Film for Flute, Oboe, and Piano (1979); Romantic Music for Piano Trio (1980); Homage to Haydn for Piano, Flute, and Cello (1982). VOCAL : The Rifleman for Voice and Orch. (1972); choruses; songs.
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