Irreplaceable person. Farewell to Martin BrownBaiba Kušķe00:00 / 15:25
Ivars Cinkuss: Brown is an indispensable person
Mārtiņš Brauns is not told that there are no irreplaceable people, no one else can take his place – believes conductor Ivars Cinkuss. He and his choirs worked closely with the composer, Ivars was also the world premiere of Mārtiņš Brauns’ last choir song “In Your Time” and so far the only player. The song is significant in that it contains the words of Uģis Brikmanis, who was one of the most important figures in the composer’s life and whose passage he once lived very deeply.
“It turned out to be so ironic that I texted him the same day Mārtiņš left with the question – how are you, old boy?” – feeling, and now there is emptiness.
It was the second time I experienced such a feeling of emptiness, because I also felt when Uģis Brikmanis left. According to Mārtiņš, it is the same. Because he is irreplaceable.
We have such a stupid adage that there are no irreplaceable people. We have irreplaceable people. And both Uģis Brikmanis and Mārtiņš Brauns are like that. And nothing will take its place. They earned their place and no one will be able to climb there.
This post is at the height of a huge mountain. Because Mārtiņš – I didn’t expect that – but it seems to me that he wrote most of the film and theater music. Compared to other Latvian composers. In this genre, too, he has an enormous variety. Also the variety of genres that applies to choral music. He successfully combines the talent of his classical composer with a mix of progressive rock. It’s such a unique musical message in our entire culture.
Because his musical contribution will never go down in history. “Martin will remain at the forefront of our music and culture Olympus,” said Cinkus.
Otto Ozols: Brown was a Latvian nerve
Mārtiņš Brauns’ field of thoughts, ideas and knowledge was very broad, which also allowed him to think very broadly, originally and differently. Also the old and good friend of the composer Otto Ozols, who also wrote a book about him “Sun. Mārtiņš. Daugava ”, got to know Mārtiņš as a deep thinker who examined everything he did very carefully.
“I could say – it is incomprehensible. He had that Latvian nerve – very open, deep and thorough.
He had an extreme intelligence of heart. At the same time he was a very simple and humble man. And this list of his works, what he has done in his life, is difficult to understand. And with all these works he has brought a great understanding of music over several generations, he has created a Latvian musical ear and musical horizons.
But if I have to describe him as a person, then I don’t know why, but I always have an association that has something of Remark’s heroes in it. With humor, with knowledge, with great intelligence of the heart, with affection, with fine, sometimes with something hard, sharp. In my opinion, he was always such a hero of Remark in the Latvian version, if you can put it that way, ”said Ozols.
Mārtiņš Brauns has always emphasized that the author of his works is not only himself, but that his brothers and fellow men also play a major role in their creation.
He was particularly pleased about the great idea providers and like-minded people at his side, including the aforementioned Uģis Brikmanis, and undeniably Niks Matvejevs. Nick’s farewell for eternity shocked him very much – remembered Ozols, the sudden sound of the song “Sun, Thunder, Daugava” on the other side of Europe – in Catalonia – came like a ray of light into the darkness.
Inspired by the experiences of the Latvian song revolution, the Catalan independence movement asked Mārtiņš Brauns in 2014 to use their melody as the hymn of this movement in the words of a Catalan poet.
A few years later, Martin Brown received the Catalonia Prize.
“When Nick Matveyev left, which was extremely important to him, he was very depressed. And then came Catalonia. He was there. It’s something unique and it got him emotionally charged.
The Catalans, I don’t think, even knew they picked him up.
Yes, and secondly, the news about “Saule, Pērkons, Daugava” in Catalan was the most widely read news in Latvia for two weeks. The websites it was published on. Yes, many Latvians cried when they heard the Catalan version. But it was also his conviction why he supported the Catalans, ”said Ozols.
Ieva Sutugova: Well, a real onion!
The singer Ieva Sutugova is very grateful to fate for the opportunity to work with Mārtiņš Brauns. The collaboration began in 2009 when the old line-up of “Sīpolu” returned to concerts, but as Aiva Brauna no longer sings, Ieva was invited to replace them, who immediately started with two great songs “Zirgs” and “Daugaviņa.” was entrusted “.
At the first meeting, Mārtiņš Brauns spoke to the singer with a friendly “Hi, Ieviņ!
Sutugova recalled, “It is the fact that Mārtiņš’s size is indeed immeasurable. First of all, I want to speak in a purely human way. Mārtiņš was a very real and true person, he never imagined anything in his life, he did not pretend not to improve anyone, he was always who he is.
I laugh sometimes and say – well, a real onion! Someone may or may not like this, but they are real!
At the same time he was infinitely kind and nice. Madly loved the people around him. He always told how much Jutiņa (wife of Mārtiņš Brauns) did wonderfully when Jutiņa was looking after the garden. His loved ones were very important to him.
He never humbled himself, he sang, as he himself said, his employers – the commissioners of the works of art, the conductors, the people with whom he worked. He was a very, very, very real man! That’s the most important. Not to mention the musical part. “
The closeness of God
Mārtiņš Brauns himself once emphasized in an interview with the LR3 program “Klasika” that he really doesn’t like lies, pretense and artificiality and that lies are considered one of the most difficult diagnoses.
When asked about the classical process, what the process of composition means to him, Martin Brown replied: “I cannot define what it is to me, but I think the merit of all that is is primarily the merit of God .
My merit is how much I was able to overcome my laziness or how sensitive I could be and wasn’t stupid.
So firstly the spiritual source, secondly like-minded people, directors, conductors, interpreters, thirdly parents and finally me. The vibration is musical, the gift of God that is given to me, when it sounds, then the vibration does not die, but it goes on with another person or maybe goes to another area. I don’t want to speak too wisely, but anything can be. “
According to Otto Ozols, Mārtiņš Brauns once turned to Christianity under the influence of Juris Rubins. But he didn’t like dogmatism, like everything else, he viewed faith with his wide angle.
During the pandemic, his morning ritual consisted of reading Pastor Edgar Maze’s reflections, which he posts daily on Facebook, before the start of the day. This was also necessary for Mārtiņš when he was already in the hospital.
Mažis said: “It seems to me that Martin Brown really looked for a personal and deep relationship with God in the second half of his life.
At first it was of course a surprise for me that he read these Facebook reflections, which I have been writing since the beginning of the pandemic, in such short words, up to 200 words. He said he didn’t comment on Facebook
but that these considerations are very important to him, starting every morning. And it was so special and encouraging.
And while he was already in the hospital, his wife asked if I could send this reflection to WhatsApp because for some reason he was having a hard time getting in. And then I started sending these thoughts for about a week, and then Mārtiņš once sent a short letter in which he said that he had a lot to ask and discuss, but at the moment I have no strength. And I am grateful to God that even in such a difficult time at the end of his life he was able to read these thoughts and become stronger.
I would say that Mārtiņš Brauns left very bright marks on our Latvia. And the nice thing is that when he goes into eternity, neither his music nor his works go with it. They will keep us happy for decades and maybe even hundreds of years. “
In the last moments of his life, Mārtiņš Brauns expressed the wish that his funeral would only take place in the presence of the closest people. Therefore, with respect for his wishes, they will not be public. But the memorial service of Mārtiņš Brauns, in his spiritual presence, will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the cathedral church.
Elsewhere in the world all admirers of his talent are invited to commemorate the composer at this time, either at home or by going to the nearest church and lighting a candle in his memory.
Let’s say goodbye dedicated also his other contemporaries and colleagues.