Uguns rituāls/Fire Ritual (2007)
– Gathering at the Holy Site
– Evocations of the Gods
– Sacrifice and Walking in a Circle
Ancient Baltic tribes usually celebrated the Fire Ritual four times a year: on the summer and winter solstices, and during the fall and spring equinoxes, when day and night were of equal length. In the fall, people expressed their thanks for the harvest; in the winter they sank deeply into thought and burned all their negative energy, emotions, and illnesses; in the spring they purified themselves and prayed for success in their farm work; and in the summer they worshiped the Sun. An important part of the Fire Ritual is to move in a circle. The circle has neither a beginning nor an end, neither time nor existence. It demands to be right here and right now, so we can share with it and be unified in love and truth.
from Organ Symphony No. 1, Op. 14
– Allegro vivace