Baznīcas dziesmas (Hymns)

Accompaniments for well-known Latvian hymns played by Tabita and Amanda.
Tabita Urdze - piano
Amanda Zaeska - recorders, accordion

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About this project

This project was initiated by Rev. Gita Putce, who encountered the problem that several smaller Latvian congregations abroad have experienced, namely, the lack of an organist for church services. These congregations use specially recorded piano or organ accompaniments on cassette tape or compact disc.

Thus, Tabita (Gita's daughter) and Amanda (Gita's daughter-in-law) began preparing recordings of popular hymns. The main instrument is piano, but the recorder and accordion are added to many of their recordings to enhance the sound. The goal of this project is not to create "academic" virtuoso performances; instead, Tabita and Amanda play hymns in a warm, approachable manner that takes into account the actual needs of congregations, for example, by transposing certain hymns to lower keys.


How to support this project?

The financial support granted by the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Great Britain allowed us to start this project. This support covered approximately half of the costs that have occurred for the recording and publishing online. We will be grateful for any additional support for this project! Contact us or use the donation feature that appears when buying this album at Bandcamp.

Please share information about this project by distributing the link to this page or by sharing on Facebook!


How to download songs?

All songs are freely available; listen to them online at Bandcamp. You can download individual songs for free by clicking "Download" or you can buy the full album by clicking "Buy now".

In a next step you can select a file format for the download. If you intend to play the songs on your computer, a smartphone, tablet or portable music player, we recommend selecting MP3. If you want to burn the songs onto an audio CD, select FLAC or MP3 320. After a few moments a clickable Download button will appear.


Can I get the album on a CD?

A.

We can send you the full album on CD by post. The price for two CDs and postage is EUR 20.

B.

If you have some basic computer skills you can quite easily create the CDs yourself:

  • Download the album by clicking "Buy now" at Bandcamp. Select MP3 320 or FLAC as file format and click "Download".
  • Find the downloaded file "Tabita Urdze & Amanda Zaeska - Baznīcas dziesmas.zip" on your computer and unzip it (if using Windows, you can do this by right clicking on the file and pressing "Extract All...").
  • Use Windows Media Player or any other software programme that lets you burn audio CDs. We recommend splitting the album into two discs. You can find more information about burning audio CDs on Youtube, e.g. here: How to Create an Audio CD
  • Download a cover and table of contents for the CDs here:

Can I add or remove verses for a song?

For all songs we have recorded three verses. If you want to add or remove a verse, use an audio editing programme such as "Audacity" (freely available at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/). Open the downloaded song, select the second verse, select "Copy" in the menu, left click between two verses and then select "Paste". In order to remove a verse, select "Cut" instead of "Copy".


What about copyright?

All songs are published under a "Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported" license. This means that you can freely use them for non-commercial purposes, giving appropriate credit. You are also allowed to remix, transform or build upon the material, but you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original. You can find detailed information about this license here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/.


Do you have plans to add more songs?

If this project gains positive feedback and additional funding, we look forward to continue this work. Please send us your requests for hymns that should be included in future.


How can I contact you?

Please share your suggestions, feedback and requests by mailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you!
Tabita, Amanda and Toms