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Veljo Tormiss

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Veljo Tormis (born 7 August 1930 in Kuusalu) is an Estonian composer, regarded as one of the greatest living choral composers and one of the most important composers of the 20th century in Estonia. Internationally, his fame arises chiefly from his extensive body of choral music, which exceeds 500 individual choral songs, most of it a cappella. The great majority of these pieces are based on traditional ancient Estonian folksongs (Estonian: regilaulud), either textually, melodically, or merely stylistically.
Some of his works were banned by the Soviet government, but because folk music was fundamental to his style most of his compositions were accepted by the censors.

The actualization of the folklore materials of the small Finno-Ugric nations has a special place in the work of Tormis. Thanks to this work in the arrangement of the Livonian folk songs, the extensive use of the Livonian folk song motives, and his original pieces which are based on the Livonian motives, Tormis has become the most significant composer of Livonian choral music of the 20th century.

The contributions of other composers in this area have been much smaller.

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