Vale Veljo Tormis

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Composer Veljo Tormis, who was one of the most important Estonian composers has died at the age of 86. Tormis was internationally regarded as one of the greatest choral music writers in the modern era, and one of the most important composers of the 20th century in Estonia.

Tormis‘s contribution to the Estonian choral tradition and to choral music worldwide is invaluable. One can say he created a choral tradition of his own, the unique “Tormis’ style”. From his student days until his retirement from composition in 2000, Tormis composed over 500 individual choral songs, as well as other vocal and instrumental pieces, 35 film scores and an opera. He is survived by his wife, Lea, and one son, Tõnu. RIP (extracted from