Eino Tamberg on his 90th birthday

"Eino Tamberg's trumpet concerto has not let go of me since I got to know it," says Hamburg trumpet soloist and university professor Matthias Höfs, "and I like his very rhythmic percussive composition style. The conductor Eri Klas, who attended my performance of the first trumpet concerto with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, then helped me to establish contact. Tamberg visited me in Hamburg a short time later and the second trumpet concerto was born. I was then allowed to play the premiere in Tampere, Finland.”

Eino Tamberg was born on May 27, 1940 and died on December 24, 2010. He studied at the Tallinn Conservatory with Eugen Kapp. From 1953 to 1959 he worked as a sound engineer for the Estonian radio and became an artistic advisor to the Estonian Composers' Union. Since 1968 he has been a lecturer and since 1978 professor of composition at the Estonian Music Academy. In 1974 Tamberg became secretary of the Estonian Composers' Union. At his initiative, he created his own school of composition, from which musicians such as Raimo Kangro, Peeter Vähi, Margo Kõlar, Toivo Tulev, Mari Vihmand and Mart Siimer emerged. In 1999 Tamberg was awarded the Estonian State Culture Award.

Basically, the composer, who also worked with twelve-tone themes (without subjecting himself to the system of dodecaphony) and allowed space for limited chance (aleatorics), committed himself to the aesthetics of the beautiful: "I am a sentimental person and love the beautiful," said Tamberg once. Among his "beautiful" works, he includes above all his two trumpet concertos Op. 72 (1972) and Op. 100 (1997). In certain chord sequences within lyrical sections of the 1st Trumpet Concerto, the Estonian musicologist Merike Vaitmaa believes to recognize stylizations of early Baroque figures.

May 27, 2020
Eino Tamberg
(May 27, 1930 - December 24, 2010)
90th birthday
- Trumpet concertos No. 1 and 2

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