- Merike Vaitmaa
(b Tallinn, Sept 14, 1942; d Kõrve, Jan 29, 1995). Estonian composer and flautist. He graduated from the Tallinn Music School, where he studied music theory (diploma 1960), the flute (diploma 1961) and composition (with Veljo Tormis); he continued his composition studies at the Leningrad Conservatory. A composer with a particular sensitivity to sound, his early works show the influence of Debussy and Messiaen. In the mid-1960s, after a short neo-classical period (which produced works such as the Flute Concertino, 1960), he began to incorporate serial writing, cluster and field techniques, and aleatory events into his music. His style, while avant-garde in comparison to many other Estonian composers of that time, is less strict than Pärt's in its use of structural constraints and generally less dramatic. Finding new impulses in the folk traditions of central Asia, from 1977 onwards Sink's music gained a timeless quality and a freely improvisatory manner. His most important work, ...