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At that point in time the Latgalians had already been converted to Christianity, while the Estonians were still considered ‘barbarians’. In the heat of battle the Latgalian priest stepped up to the castle wall and prayed to God while playing an unnamed musical instrument. Upon hearing this instrument the Estonians ceased fighting, and instead began to enquire about the reason for such rejoicing. The Latgalians replied that they were praising the Lord who was defending them. A period of silence ensued before the Estonians began speaking of peace. In this composition I wanted to depict historic events, the brutal spirit of battle and, principally, the magical power of music in the victory over sin and violence.
from notes by Jēkabs Jančevskis © 2020