Because it embodies elements that are typical of his music in general, the symphonic miniature
Santakrusa (Santa Cruz, 2015) can be considered a calling card for Kalniņš’ orchestral style.
Sounding together with the muted violin pizzicato, the harp, celesta, small bells and small
percussion (sometimes also piano and bells) create a light, transparent and unobtrusive
accompanying organism that maintains the rhythmic pulse. The effect resembles a substantial,
muffled Aeolian harp or, more likely, Aeolian guitar. - I. Zemzaris