(b. 17 June 1957, Rīga).
Latvian composer of mostly orchestral and choral works that have been performed in Europe.
Mr. Prauliņš initially studied with Pauls Dambis and Ģederts Ramans at the Emīla Dārziņa mūzikas vidusskola – Emīls Dārziņš Music School in Rīga from 1963–74. He later studied conducting and pedagogy at the Jāzepa Vītola Latvijas Mūzikas akadēmija – Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Rīga from 1977–82, where he also studied composition with Jānis Ivanovs in 1982–83 and Ģederts Ramans from 1984–89 and piano with Valda Kalniņa from 1977–82 and 1984–89.
Among his honours are the awards for Best Album and Best Folk Album in the Grand Prix in Rīga (1999, for his CDs Odi et amo and Pagan Yearbook).
He is also active in other positions. As a keyboardist, he performed in the progressive-rock group Salve in the 1970s and in the folk-/progressive-rock group Vecās mājas in the 1980s. Moreover, he worked as a sound engineer at Latvijas Radio in Rīga from 1981–86, where he introduced multitrack recordings of folk music.
In addition to the works listed below, Mr. Prauliņš has composed scores for many films.
SELECT LIST OF WORKS
Festival Music, timpani (+ percussion), string orchestra, 2000
Concerto–Concertino, piano, string orchestra, 2002
Odi et amo (texts by Gaius Valerius Catullus, St. Jerome, Thomas Campion, St. Thomas Aquinas), boys' chorus, male chorus, guitar (+ electric guitar), samplers (1 player), 1999
Te Deum laudamus, high voice, soprano, bass, boys' chorus, male chorus, organ, orchestra, 2001 (also version for soprano, bass, boys' chorus, double bass, 2 samplers, percussion, 2001)
Magnificat, soprano, mixed chorus, organ, tubular bells, 2002
Missa Rigensis (text from the Mass), mixed chorus, 2002
The Nightingale (text by Hans Christian Andersen), mixed chorus, recorders (1 player), 2010
Epigrams (text from anonymous sources in Latin), soprano, piano/synthesizer, 2002
SCORE FOR SILENT FILM:
Un Chien andalou, timpani (+ percussion), string orchestra, 1995 (for Un Chien andalou by Luis Buñuel)