Veljo Tormis

Composer. Born 7 August 1930. Died 21 January 2017
Veljo Tormis
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1930-08-07
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Veljo Tormis

Veljo Tormis Biography (Wikipedia)

Veljo Tormis (7 August 1930 – 21 January 2017) was an Estonian composer, regarded as one of the great contemporary choral composers and one of the most important composers of the 20th century in Estonia. Internationally, his fame arises chiefly from his extensive body of choral music, which exceeds 500 individual choral songs, most of it a cappella. The great majority of these pieces are based on traditional ancient Estonian folksongs (regilaulud), either textually, melodically, or merely stylistically.

His composition most often performed outside Estonia, Curse Upon Iron (Raua needmine) (1972), invokes ancient Shamanistic traditions to construct an allegory about the evils of war. Some of his works were banned by the Soviet government, but because folk music was fundamental to his style most of his compositions were accepted by the censors.

More recently, Tormis' works have been performed and recorded by Tõnu Kaljuste with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, and others. In the 1990s, Tormis began to receive commissions from some a cappella groups in the West such as the King's Singers and the Hilliard Ensemble.

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Looduspildid (Nature Pictures): No. 4. Talvemustrid (Winter Patterns)
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Looduspildid (Nature Pictures): No. 4. Talvemustrid (Winter Patterns)
Veljo Tormis
Sugismaastikud (Autumn landscapes)
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Sugismaastikud (Autumn landscapes)
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Overture No 2
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Overture No 2
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Ratas
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Ratas
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Tower Bell in my Village
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Tower Bell in my Village
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Curse Upon Iron
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Curse Upon Iron
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Spring Sketches [words, Jaan Kaplinski]
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Spring Sketches [words, Jaan Kaplinski]

Spring Sketches [words, Jaan Kaplinski]

Performer
Lyudmila Gerova
Conductor
Ivelin Dimitrov
Veljo Tormis
Nukrad Viivud [Sorrowful Moments]
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Nukrad Viivud [Sorrowful Moments]
Veljo Tormis
Pulmaliste saabumine, from 'Vadja Pulmalau' (Unustatud rahva cycle)
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Pulmaliste saabumine, from 'Vadja Pulmalau' (Unustatud rahva cycle)
Veljo Tormis
Laulusild (Bridge of Song)
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Laulusild (Bridge of Song)
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Kas tunnete: väriseb maa
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Kas tunnete: väriseb maa

Kas tunnete: väriseb maa

Choir
Addictio
Director
Elisa Huovinen
Veljo Tormis
Sorrowful Moments - Ei ole roose oitsenud minule and Armastus
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Sorrowful Moments - Ei ole roose oitsenud minule and Armastus
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The Bishop and the Pagan
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The Bishop and the Pagan

The Bishop and the Pagan

Conductor
Choir
Estonian Philhamonric Chamber Choir
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Veljo Tormis
Day of a Herdsboy (Livonian Heritage)
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Day of a Herdsboy (Livonian Heritage)
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The Singer's Childhood
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The Singer's Childhood
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Jaanilaulud (St. John's Day Songs) (1967)
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Jaanilaulud (St. John's Day Songs) (1967)
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Incantation for a Stormy Sea
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Incantation for a Stormy Sea
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Curse Upon Iron
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Curse Upon Iron
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St. John's Song
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St. John's Song
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Nature Pictures: Autumn Landscapes
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Nature Pictures: Autumn Landscapes
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Sugismaastikud (Autumn landscapes)
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Sugismaastikud (Autumn landscapes)

Sugismaastikud (Autumn landscapes)

Choir
Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Conductor
Grete Helgerod
Veljo Tormis
Kula kuuleb
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Kula kuuleb

Kula kuuleb

Choir
Girls' Choir of the Children's Music Studio of Estonian Radio
Conductor
Veljo Tormis
St John's Day Songs 'Jaanilaulud' For 2 Choruses
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St John's Day Songs 'Jaanilaulud' For 2 Choruses

St John's Day Songs 'Jaanilaulud' For 2 Choruses

Singer
Linnea Lomholt
Tobias Nilsson
Ensemble
Danish Radio Vocal Ensemble
Director
Olof Boman
Veljo Tormis
Raua Needmine [Curse Upon Iron]
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Raua Needmine [Curse Upon Iron]
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Ingrian Evenings
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Ingrian Evenings
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Raua Needmine
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Raua Needmine

Raua Needmine

Choir
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Conductor
Veljo Tormis
Four Estonian Lullabies: Lulling
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Four Estonian Lullabies: Lulling
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