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ALL-UNION MAESTRO RAYMOND PAULS

Raymond Pauls is a true symbol of elegance that does not change its tastes: one love for life, in clothes – only tailcoat and black and white color, in music faithful to the classics, in pop music – lyrics. He is the author of the music of such hits as “Leaves Yellow”, “Vernissage”, “Maestro”, “Antique Clock” and many others. A lot for one composer, but Raymond Pauls continues to write, even when he is engaged in public affairs.

Glassblower son
The future composer was born in Riga on January 12, 1936. His father, Voldemar Pauls, was a glassblower at that time, and Alma-Matilda’s mother was a housewife. Impressed by the book “Paganini” by Arthur Coubert, he decided that his son should learn to play the violin. He bought Raymond the instrument and identified him as a pupil of the Kindergarten Music School at the Riga Music Institute. It was on the eve of the entry of Soviet troops …

In 1943, when Raymond went to school, his father sent his family away from the bombing in one of the villages. There, the boy studied at a local school, and at the age of 10 he entered the special music school named after Emil Darzin at the Latvian State Conservatory. But studying was not easy for the boy. Thanks to the talented teacher Olga Borovskaya, Raymond gradually felt a taste for playing the piano. Candies, which the teacher secretly handed out to the most capable students, also played an important role.

In love with jazz
While still a student at a music school, Pauls became very interested in jazz and began to play at dance evenings. Composer Raymond Pauls By his own admission, he “threw himself into jazz like a whirlpool.” George Gershwin became a favorite composer, and most of all the young Raymond was impressed by the fact that pianist George Gershwin had neither a general nor a special musical education.

Dancing absorbed all the free time of Raymond Pauls, but he received invaluable practice of playing music without notes, from memory. And where notes were still needed, he learned to read quickly from a sheet. In the summer of 1953, Raymond submitted documents to the Latvian State Conservatory and was accepted to the performing department. As a student, he worked part-time as a concertmaster at a music school, without abandoning the usual dance floors.

Odessa Muse of Raymond Pauls
composer Raymond Paulss wife
The year 1958 was marked by the sign “Farewell, Conservatory!”. The choice has been made – Riga pop orchestra. And with it the tour: Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine. The scene, giving an extraordinary surge of strength, immediately took them. After the curtain fell, it was necessary to relieve tension. And, as is often the case with artists, with the help of alcohol. Among the cities in which Pauls’ first tour took place was Odessa. One of the local beauties, Svetlana Epifanova, or, as her family called her, Lana, had an amazing fate – to become the muse of Raymond Pauls. His marriage to Lana is one of the most amazing examples of marital fidelity lasting more than fifty years. After so much time at concerts, Raymond sometimes plays the melody of his love – one of Gershwin’s first songs. “When I play this tune, it seems to me that I am in Odessa. After all, Gershwin is from there … ”the maestro admits. At the beginning of 1962, Raymond and Lana had a daughter, Anete. This greatly influenced the decision of Pauls to stop drinking …

Raymond Pauls Confession
To become a professional, Raymond returns to college: he is again studying at the conservatory, but now – composition. And in 1964 he became the artistic director of the Riga pop orchestra. His music became recognizable.

On November 27, 1968, in the Concert Hall of the Latvian State Philharmonic, the premiere of the first author’s program by Raymond Pauls took place. He himself was amazed: all the tickets to composer Raymond Pauls sold out this evening! Moreover, there were no tickets for the following. Inspired by success, the musicians embarked on a tour of the republic, which was a great success, but for some reason remained silent in the press. In fact, Pauls and the orchestra took up the creation of national popular music.

A few years later he led the ensemble “Modo”. The song “Leaves of yellow spinning over the city …”, which appeared in 1975, instantly became the most popular hit of the year: it sounded on the radio and in all restaurants from Riga to Magadan, not to mention Jurmala. Vacationers from all over the Soviet Union in every Jurmala zucchini heard this tune.

The daughter of maestro Anete grew up in a creative atmosphere: there were many talented people among Raymond’s friends, almost all pop stars were in their house. Once, on Anete’s birthday, Andrei Mironov decided to teach her to dance “for real”. As Pauls’s daughter recalls, “he didn’t consider our fashionable hang-ups, dances”. It is surprising that Raymond, the famous “discoverer” of pop stars, forbade his daughter to be a singer!

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