Saturday , April 17 2021

Christmas night battlefield. Part 1 "Eliia dreams" / LR1 / / Latvian radio



Poets and rifles – Janis Akuraters, Karlis Skalbes, Edvars Virzas memories of the First World War, when they all were together in one of Zemgal's five regiments, commanded by Jukums Vacietis. All three poets saw scenes of the same war. And each of them left a testimony …

In the summer of 1914, the First World War began. John Akurateri wrote that the world war "suddenly, for the whole sun, ended his life, intercepted his mystical sword," and also dreams and destiny.

Janis Akuraters, Karlis Skalbe, Edvars Virza volunteered to join the Russian military corps formed in the Russian army in the autumn of 1916.

Janis Akuraters writes in his diary on November 23, 1916 that he had talks with Latvian officers on the tasks to be done, and one of them was writing the chronicle of the war. And the history of the Latvian regiment must be written in such a way that every host can read later on Sunday morning for his family on behalf of his spouse. This was the special strategy of the Latvian leaders, above all Zemun Commander Iukum Vacietis, to include poets, artists and musicians in his soldiers without putting them into the first battles of soldiers, but sent him as a sanitary, correspondent, war chronicler, putting this sophisticated, sensitive, aesthetic experience of those who upset the cruelty of warriors, the bundle of corpses, the death and courage of soldiers, and in such a situation speak the patriotic language of art that would inspire Latvian rifles. It was the road for our country.

Scenarists – Viktors Jansons, Maira Valtere. Director: Victor Jansson.

Productions include Kaspars Znotins, Vilis Daudzins, Girts Krumins

Composer – Janis Kirsis. Music group Art-and-Shock – Agnese Eglin, Elina Endzele, Guna Sneu. Solitaire of Ruth Duduma.

Sound directors – Gustav Erenpreiss and Andis Ploks. Producer – Mara Eglite. Editor – Alda Briede.

Radio decoration dedicated to the centenary of the Latvian state. Recorded at the Latvian Radio Theater in 2018.

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