Estonian Music Days

Tallinn / Tartu

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René Eespere

Rene Eespere’s (b. 1953) music is accessible and listener-friendly, combining joy of the play and ritualistic power. The vocal genres that carry a message and the concert genre loaded with energy of motion akin to the Baroque music – those two hold a central position in the composer’s work. In Eespere’s idiom influences of baroque and rock music are present but relation to Estonian folk music and minimalist repetition technique can also be detected. Usually a spare, chamber-like texture of his music is enlivened by strenuously chanting rhythm. Tonal or modal mode approach, ostinato technique and variant development of simple motif sets are characteristic to the earlier works of the composer. In his later output the contrasting of images and chromatic melody shaping, free tonal and linear thinking have become prevailing. In most cases, spiritual and ethnic subjects dominate Eespere’s work: his music contemplates the secret of existence and the main values of life. Most of Eespere’s work has been published by Eres Edition, Antes, Edition 49, Verlag Neue Musik Berlin, Edition Eisenberg and ERP (Estonian Record Productions). Twelve author albums have been published of his work, six of them in Germany.