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Estonian National Male Choir: Visions of Estonia 2

Song NameComposer
The ballad of Mary's LandVeijo Tormis
Reflections with Hando RunnelVeijo Tormis
Days of OutlawryVeijo Tormis
God Protect Us from WarVeijo Tormis
Journey of the War MessengerVeijo Tormis
Let the Sun Shine!Veijo Tormis
Voices from Tammsaare's Herdboy DaysVeijo Tormis
Forget-me-notVeijo Tormis
Men's SongsVeijo Tormis

Estonian composer Veljo Tormis (1930-) emphasizes the role of verbal text and its message in his compositions, directed at the present, past and future of Estonian life. Written for men's chorus, "Visions of Estonia II" records in music the anxiety that was suppressed through the decades of Soviet repression. With "The Ballad of Mary's Land," composed in 1969, Tormis began a series of powerful large-scale choral compositions containing also his most famous work, "The Curse Upon Iron" for mixed chorus, written in 1972. "Reflections with Hando Runnel" (1981), is one of a series of short, sarcastic songs of protest he wrote during that period. "Days of Outlawry," with the subject of resistance fighting, was written for the banned film "The Outlaws;" "Journey of the War Messenger" and "Let The Sun Shine" take their texts from the Estonian National epic "Kalevipoeg." "Forget-me-not" is a national lament dedicated to former chief conductor Gustav Ernesada. Although none of these 23 songs is in English, we can feel the power and Tormis' deep feeling within this music through the performance of the Estonian National Male Choir.

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Choral | A Cappella | Male | Estonia
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Related: Estonian Choral Music