• Sun 26/11/23 19:00

HELIjaKEEL 2023/2024

Reflections on worldviews. And I Loved You Like a Branch Breaking Under the

Creations: Toivo Tulev (incl. premiere)
Panel discussion: Toivo Tulev, Peeter Liiv, Liisa Hirsch
Performers: Mari Targo (violin), Olga Voronova (violin), Laur Eensalu (viola), Leho Karin (cello), Regina Udod (double bass), Heigo Rosin (percussion), Tähe-Lee Liiv (piano), Iris Oja (vocals), Janika Lentsius (flute). Conducted by Mikhail Gerts.

In the 2023/2024 season the concert series HELIjaKEEL will continue to focus on different scriptures, religions, and life philosophies. The concert, Reflections on worldviews. And I Loved You Like a Branch Breaking Under the Snow will be followed by a discussion between the composers Toivo Tulev
and Liisa Hirsch and journalist Peeter Liiv. The discussion will focus on different worldviews and their impact on creations.

And I Loved You Like a Branch Breaking Under the Snow (2021) for 14’Kamancheh), violin, viola, cello, piano.
The piece, written in 2021 has two versions- one a solo piece for kamancheh and the other for kamancheh, violin, viola, cello and piano first Toivo Tulev came to know the instrument Kamancheh used in traditional Iranian music almost thirty years ago. For the composer, it was a love at first sight. The title of the piece comes from one of the early poems by the Iranian poet Bijan Elah (1945 – 2010). White House, Blue Shutters – Blue House, White Shutters (2020) for 16’2 violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion.

Beloved (premier) ca. 15′.
For string quintet (vl,vl,vla, vlc,cb), piano, percussion, flute (piccolo), soprano. The new
piece is created for the text of Inayat Khan from his “Ragas” cycle.

About the composer:
Toivo Tulev (b. 1958) is a composer with an original and suggestive style. His path to the world of music has not been smooth or straight-forward but perhaps that has given reason to look deeper into and behind things and phenomena. He has written for different types and sizes of ensembles (the piano concert “Nada” for the piano and string quartet (2015) and a row of works for the orchestra: a Violin Concerto (2002), the Flute Concerto “Deux” (2004), the Cello Concerto “Before” (2006), the Percussion Concerto “Flow” (2009), “Three Symphonies” (2018), and so on. He has described his approach to instrumentation: “I write so that the piece is not just an abstraction but forms a certain soundscape. I try to see the score as an acoustic whole similar to an acoustic room – with its echos and repetitions.” Tulev’s music is often static and pulsating, inwardly contemplative and emotional, selfless, and intense. Three auteur records have been published of Tulev’s music: “Be Lost in the Call” (Eesti Raadio, 2004), “Songs” (Harmonia Mundi, 2008) and “Magnificat” (Naxos 2018).

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