Erkki-Sven Tüür Early Works

Erkki-Sven Tüür's earliest works for conventional classical music ensembles date from the period 1980-1984 during which he completed his composition studies at the Tallinn Conservatory of Music. These compositions could also be described as student works and it is probably for this reason that they have been excluded from the composer's official works list. One exception here is the Wind Quintet from 1984 which was subsequently retitled as Architectonics I and can be found on the Official Chamber Works list under the latter title. This became the initial work of the Architectonics series of compositions for varying forces of chamber ensembles. With the exception of  the Wind Quintet/Architectonics I and Ritual I, none of the works below have been released as commercial recordings. In order to complete the information on this page I am searching for information on further details of each work's character and duration, details of world premiere performers and locations, publishers and other information of interest. If you have any additional information, contributions or comments you would like to make, you can contact me via e-mail at: alan.teder@sympatico.ca

Early Works (listing is alphabetical by original Estonian / Latin titles)

Title: Dona nobis pacem (1982) for chamber choir and chamber orchestra

Alternative title/Translation: Grant us peace

Duration: Unknown

Commissioned by/Written for: Unknown

Premiered by: Unknown

Date and location of premiere: Unknown

Publisher: Unknown

Recommended recording: Not available.

Title: Kaks rituaali (1983) for chamber ensemble and synthesizers

Alternative title/Translation: Two Rituals

Durations: Ritual 1 =  5', Ritual 2 = 9'.

Commissioned by/Written for: Hortus Musicus Early Music Ensemble

Premiered by: Erkki-Sven Tüür, synthesizers; Hortus Musicus conducted by Andres Mustonen

Date and location of premiere: Unknown

Publisher: Erdenklang Musikverlag (Ritual 1 only)

Recommended recording: Ritual 1 is retitled as Ritual and is available on Looking East - Electronic East (Synthesizer Music from Estonia and Russia) on Erdenklang 29612.

Title: Puhkpillide Kvintett (1984)

Alternative title/Translation: Architectonics I / Wind Quintet

Duration: 5'

Commissioned by/Written for: Jaan Tamm Wind Quintet

Premiered by: Jaan Tamm Wind Quintet

Date and location of premiere: May 25, 1985 in Tallinn, Estonia

Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music Finland OY

Recommended recording: Architectonics by The Nyyd Ensemble conducted by Olari Elts on Finlandia 0630-14908-2.

Title: Sonatiin (1984) for two pianos

Alternative title/Translation: Sonatina

Duration: 9'

Commissioned by/Written for: Unknown

Premiered by: Unknown

Date and location of premiere: Unknown

Publisher: Unknown

Recommended recording: Not available.

Title: Sümfoonia nr. 1 (1984)

Alternative title/Translation: Symphony No. 1

Duration: Unknown

Commissioned by/Written for: Not confirmed, possibly was the required work for graduation from Tallinn Conservatory

Premiered by: Unknown

Date and location of premiere: Unknown

Publisher: Unknown

Recommended recording: Not available.

Title: Visioonid barokktantsudest (Süit) (1980) for recorders and clavecin

Alternative title/Translation: Visions of Baroque Dances (Suite)

Duration: Unknown

Commissioned by/Written for: Not confirmed, but was likely for Hortus Musicus Early Music Ensemble

Premiered by: Not confirmed, but was likely Hortus Musicus Early Music Ensemble

Date and location of premiere: Unknown

Publisher: Unknown

Recommended recording: Not available.