Tüür (1959 -)

Searching for Roots (Hommage à Sibelius) (1990) (7')

Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür studied flute and percussion at the Tallinn Georg Ots Music School from 1976 to 1980. He then became a composition student at the Tallinn Conservatory. From 1979 he was also the leading member of one of the most popular rock bands in Estonia. He left the group in 1983 to pursue a musical career as a composer. The current list of his works consists of one opera, nine symphonies, a number of concertos and other orchestral pieces, including his Searching for Roots (Hommage à Sibelius), composed in 1990. The composition is relatively short and written with Minimalism ideas developed in the second half of the twentieth century. Sibelius was not a pioneer of the movement, but his music strongly influenced the Minimalism composers. This can be easily observed in Tüür’s work.

[Akira Ishii]