Raimonds Pauls

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Raimonds Pauls
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Raimonds Pauls in August 2010
Born Ojārs Raimonds Pauls
(1936-01-12) 12 January 1936 (age 86)
Rīga, Latvija
Alma mater Latvian State Conservatory
Occupation composer, pianist
Years active 1960s-
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Ojārs Raimonds Pauls (born 12 January 1936 in Iļģuciems, Riga, Latvia) is a Latvian composer and piano player who is well known in Latvia and world-wide. .[1] Minister of culture of Latvia from 1988 to 1993.


August 1967 – Celebrated Servant of Art June 1976 – Artist of the People’s Theatre of LSSR January 1985 – Artist of the People’s Theatre of USSR 24 November 1992 - Honorary member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences Raimonds Pauls was decorated with the Three Star Order (3rd class) on 12 April 1995 and thus he is a commander of the Three Star Order (for merits on behalf of the state of Latvia). A laureate of state and Komsomol awards. A laureate of the Big Musical Award ‘1994 (for the poetic performance Visi koki dieva doti (Every Tree You See By God is Given Thee), the concert Svinga laiks (It's Time for Swing) and the CD Ziemassvētkos (In Christmas)).

Major Works

Musical Stage Works
  • Pāri, kas dabonas (Lovers Who Get It) (1976)
  • Māsa Kerija (Sister Carrie) after Theodore Dreiser novel (1978)
  • Nāc pie puikām (Come to the Boys) (1982)
  • Vella būšana (A Matter of the Devil) (1987)
  • Meža gulbji (Forest Swans) (1995)
  • Leģenda par Zaļo Jumpravu (The Legend of the Green Maiden) (2000)
  • Kubas melodijas (Melodies of Cuba) (1963)
  • Ritmi, ritmi (Rhythms, Rhythms) (1979)
  • Vitrāžas (Stained Glass Panels) (1979)

Music for 30 theatre performances including Īsa pamācība mīlēšanā (A Short Instruction in Love), Atjautīgā aukle (The Ingenious Nanny), Šerloks Holmss (Sherlock Holmes), Brands (Brand), Džons Neilands (John Neiland), Elizabete – Anglijas karaliene (Elizabeth – Queen of England), Grāfs Monte Kristo (The Count of Monte Cristo), Dāmu paradīze (Paradise of Ladies), Melanholiskais valsis (The Melancholic Waltz) etc. and for puppet theatre performances Runčuks Punčuks (The Belly Tomcat), Velniņi (The Two Imps), Ceturtais skriemelis (The Fourth Vertebra) etc. Music for radio performances and plays.

Music for more than 30 movies, including Vella kalpi (Servants of the Devil), Vella kalpi Vella dzirnavās (The Servants of the Devil in the Windmill of the Devil), Tauriņdeja (The Butterfly Dance), Melnā vēža spīlēs (In the Pincers of the Black Lobster), Dāvana vientuļai sievietei (A Present for a Lonely Woman), Mans draugs – nenopietns cilvēks (My Friend the Rattlebrain), Teātris (The Theatre) after S. Maugham novel, Limuzīns Jāņu nakts krāsā (A Limousine in the Colour of a Summer Solstice Night), Likteņdzirnas (The Hand-Mill of Fate), for the series Ilgais ceļš kāpās (The Long Way through the Dunes) etc.

Choir Music
  • 3 songs for choir and piano (1972)
  • 10 arrangements of Latvian folk songs for the boys choir (1980)
  • Song cycle with the lyrics of Aspazija for the boys’ choir (1980)
  • Baltās dziesmas (The White Songs) for the boys’ choir and instrumental ensemble (1981)
  • Song cycle for choir and piano (1984)
  • Vītola stabules dziesmas (Songs of a Willow Pipe) cycle for the boys’ choir (1984)
  • Mazs, laimīgs zēns (A Small and Happy Boy) – ten songs for the boys choir and piano with the lyrics of M. Karēms (1985)
  • Cycle Pērļu zvejnieks (Pearl Hunter) for the boys’ choir and a tenor (1986)
Cycles of Light Music Songs
  • Vecās Rīgas vitrāžas (The Stained Glass Panels of the Old Rīga) (1971)
  • Five songs with the lyrics of D. Avotiņa (1972)
  • Oriental motifs (1982)
  • City romance (1983)
  • Melnais kliedziens (The Black Cry) (1985)
  • Cycle with the lyrics of Rainis (1985)
More than 500 songs
Approx. 70 songs for children
Jazz Music
  • Suite Portreti (Portraits) (1962)
  • A Rhapsody for piano and light music orchestra (1964)
  • Suite Iespaidi (Impressions) (1965)
  • Suite Dienvidu akvareļi (The Water-Colours of the South) (1965)
  • Kalnu skices (Mountain Sketches) (1966)
  • Five improvisations in the spirit of Latvian folk songs (1967)
  • Suite Melnās krāsas (Black Colours) (1967)
  • Jazz expressions (1970) and other works.
Instrumental Music

Approx. 300 works, including instrumental versions of songs, arrangements of folk songs, versions on familiar themes, arrangements of classical composer works.

More than 90 albums with songs and instrumental music.

(c)MicRec / Daiga Mazvērsīte

Popular Songs in Russian language



Raimonds Pauls was a member of the Supreme Soviet of the Latvian SSR and served as Minister of Culture in the Latvian government from 1988 to 1993. In 1993 he became an advisor to the President of Latvia. In 1998, he was elected a Member of the Saeima, the Latvian parliament, initially as leader of the New Party.[2] Before the 2002 elections he joined the People's Party and was elected on its party's list in 2002 and 2006. Pauls ran in the 1999 presidential election and received the highest number of votes, but below the required majority. He chose to decline the post.

After Latvia re-established independence, Pauls continued his musical work, most notably working with Dzeguzīte, the most popular children's group in Latvia. In 1996, he went on a tour with singer Laima Vaikule, which included concert locations in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and New York City.


As of 2004, Pauls has composed music for six musical films and musical theaters, three ballets and over 50 movies and theater performances. CDs with Pauls's music have been released in several countries outside Latvia, including Russia, Finland and Japan. Recently[when?] he has recorded a double-album of jazz music My Favourite Melodies / So Many Stars - a long awaited[by whom?] venture of the pianist into the jazz genre.


Pauls is married to Lana Paula from Ukraine. They have a daughter, Anete Paula and two grandchildren who are Anna Paula and Monika Pedersen.


  1. "Biography for Raymond Paul". IMDB. Retrieved 2010-04-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Latvia votes for Europe, The Economist, 10 October 1998

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