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Erkki Sven Tuur [Nov. 4th, 2007|07:13 pm]
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Erkki-Sven Tüür (born October 16, 1959) is an Estonian composer.
Tüür was born in Kärdla on the Estonian island of Hiiumaa. He studied flute and percussion at the Tallinn Music School from 1976 to 1980 and composition with Jaan Rääts at the Tallinn Academy of Music and privately with Lepo Sumera from 1980 to 1984. From 1979 to 1984 he headed the rock group In Spe, which quickly became one of the most popular in Estonia.
Tüür left In Spe to concentrate on composition, and with the advent of perestroika soon found an audience in the west. The Helsinki Philharmonic, the Hilliard Ensemble, the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra are among those who have commissioned works from him. He was awarded the Cultural Prize of Estonia in 1991 and 1996.


  • Symphony No. 4 'magma'; inquiétude du fini; igavik (eternity); the path and the traces. Dame Evelyn Glennie, percussion; estonian philharmonic chamber choir ; estonian national male choir; estonian national symphony orchestra; Paavo Järvi
  • Architectonics VI; Passion; Illusion; Crystallisatio; Requiem. Kaja Urb, soprano; Tiit Kogermann, tenor; Tõnu Kaljuste/Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
  • Symphony No. 3; Concerto (cello); Lighthouse. David Geringas, cello; Dennis Russell Davies/Radio Symphonieorchester Wien
  • In the Memory of Clear Water. American Wind Symphony Orchestra
  • Insula deserta; Searching for Roots (Hommage à Sibelius); Zeitraum. Juha Kangas/Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Paavo Järvi/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic
  • Lighthouse. Juha Kangas/Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra (Finlandia: 3964-29718)
  • Spiel. Boris Björn Bagger, guitar; Martin Ostertag, cello
  • Symphony No. 2. Paul Mägi/USSR Ministry of Culture State Symphony Orchestra
  • Oratorium: Ante Finem Saeculi. Tõnu Kaljuste/Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Estonian Opera-Theatre Orchestra
  • Sonata. Kalle Randalu, piano
  • Architectonics I-VII; Spectrum II. NYYD Ensemble
  • Architectonics I-VII. Absolute Ensemble
  • Motus II. Cabaza Percussion Quartet
  • Spectrum I. Andres Uibo, organ
  • Spectrum II. Jüri Leiten, trumpet; Andres Uibo, organ; M. Metsamart, percussion
  • String Quartet. Tallinn Quartet
  • String Quartet. Duke Quartet

[User Picture]From: racarrera
2007-12-30 10:59 pm (UTC)

Fine video

Many thanks for taking the time to post that video. It was a joy to watch. I've been following Tuur's work for some years now, but this is the first time I've actually been able to watch someone perform his work. Nice!
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