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’incorrect’ reassembling
of stylistic
particles
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.Biography:

 

Tõnis Kaumann (b. 1971)
is one of the best-known of Estonia’s younger composers. He has studied under René Eespere, Raimo Kangro and Jaan Rääts. Characteristic of Kaumann’s style are technical fluency, humour and a keen sense of the absurd. His compositional approach can be classified as post-modern. In 1994 Tõnis Kaumann won the competition Young European Composer that was held under the aegis of the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. In 1997 the first recital of his music was performed by the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste. During the 1999/ 2000 concert season Kaumann was the composer-in-residence with the NYYD Ensemble. His children’s opera Pomm (The Bomb) was successfully premiered in 2002. His full-length opera for children, "Mina - Napoleon" (I, Napoleon) from 2004, is running at present at the Estonian National Opera. In 2005 Kaumann was awarded the Heino Eller Prize and in the same year he was one of the awardees of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir’s composition competition.

 


 

 

His composition «Ausgewählte Salonstücke» at UNESCO’s International Rostrum of Composers 2005
in Vienna.

 

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Ausgewählte Salonstücke (2002)

“Composed for violin, cello and piano, Kaumann’s Ausgewählte Salonstücke reworked tangos and various exotic rhythms. In the stream of Kaumann’s music oftentimes some stylistic elements are left to fluctuate conspicuously ’naked’: a distinctive rhythmic twitch, an abrupt stoppage pregnant with tension (tango!), a gliding movement (glissando!), the pure throb of rhythm. Another cunning device of his is the ’incorrect’ reassembling of stylistic particles, from which ensue asymmetry, disruptions, incompleteness, etc.”

Evi Arujärv, music critic

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