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date: 19 September 2019

Mägi, Esterlocked

  • Urve Lippus

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(b Tallinn, Jan 10, 1922). Estonian composer. She studied at the Tallinn Conservatory (graduated 1951), where her teachers included Mart Saar, and at the Moscow Conservatory (graduated 1954) with Vissarion Shebalin, among others. From 1954 until her retirement in 1984 she taught music theory at the Tallinn Conservatory. As a composer, Mägi adopted the values of Saar, one of the founders of an Estonian national style. Her interest in folk music, her settings of Estonian poetry and the suppressed emotionality, sincerity and seriousness of her music all demonstrate this. Her numerous choral and solo songs have received frequent performances and some of her large-scale orchestral works, such as the Symphony (1968), Variations for Piano, Clarinet and String Orchestra (1972) and Bukoolika (‘Bucolics’, 1983), have found their place in the concert repertory. Later works, such as Lapimaa joiud (‘The Joiks from Lapland’, ...

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