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date: 23 October 2019

Kapp familylocked

  • Joachim Braun
  •  and Urve Lippus


Estonian family of composers.

Joachim Braun

(b Suure-Jaani, Feb 16, 1878; d Suure-Jaani, Jan 14, 1952). His father and first teacher, Joosep Kapp, was an organist and choral conductor. Artur, one of the first Estonian musicians to receive academic training, studied at the St Petersburg Conservatory, graduating from the organ class in 1898 and from the composition class of Rimsky-Korsakov and Lyadov in 1900. He settled in Astrakhan where he directed the music school from 1903 to 1920. Like many Baltic musicians he returned to his homeland after the revolution. In Tallinn he was professor of composition at the conservatory (1924–43) and conductor at the Estonia Theatre (1920–24). Kapp taught a number of leading Estonian composers and founded the ‘Tallinn School’, a circle notable for its attention to vocal-instrumental genres. In 1945 he was given the title Honoured Art Worker. The first composer to use Estonian folk material (in the suite of ...

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