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Tenth anniversary of Eino Tamberg’s death

“Since I first heard it, Eino Tamberg's trumpet concerto has never left me,” says Hamburg trumpet soloist and university professor Matthias Höfs, “and I like his very rhythmic, percussive compositional style. The conductor Eri Klas, who once attended my performance of the first trumpet concerto with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, helped me to establish contact afterwards. Tamberg visited me in Hamburg a short time afterward, and the 2nd Trumpet Concerto was written. I was then allowed to play the premiere in Tampere/ Finland.” 

Eino Tamberg was born on 27 May 1930, he died ten years ago on Christmas Eve 2010. Eino Tamberg studied at Tallinn Conservatory with Eugen Kapp. From 1953 to 1959 he worked as a sound engineer at Estonian Radio and became artistic advisor to the Estonian Composers’ Association. From 1968 he was a lecturer and professor of composition at the Estonian Academy of Music from 1978. In 1974 he became secretary of the Estonian Composers’ Association. On his initiative a composition school of his own was established, 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 Prize for Culture. 

Basically, the composer, who also worked with twelve-tone themes (without submitting to the system of dodecaphony) and allowed space for limited coincidence (aleatorics), is committed to the aesthetics of beauty: "I am a sentimental person and love beauty," says Tamberg. He counts among his "beautiful" works above all his two trumpet concertos op. 72 (1972) and op. 100 (1997). The Estonian musicologist Merike Vaitmaa believes that certain chord progressions within lyrical sections of the 1st Trumpet Concerto show stylisations of early Baroque figures. 

Eino Tamberg 
(27.05.1930 – 24.12.2010) 
10th anniversary of death
- Trumpet concertos no. 1 and 2

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