Raimo Kangro

Internet Edition compiled by Onno van Rijen

Updated 26 May 2002


Born

21 September 1949 in Tartu, Estonia. Died: 4 February 2001 in Ruila, Estonia.

Education

Kangro studied piano at the Tartu Music School with Ene Arro and graduated from the Tallinn Conservatory in 1973 as composer under Jaan Rääts and Eino Tamberg.

Style

Kangro was strongly influenced by Neo-Classicism and rock music. From the beginning his musical expression has been temperamental, impulsive and governed by powerful rhythm patterns.
His music is distinguished by a great rhythmic energy as well as an imaginative use of different timbres. Kangro likes to surprise the listener with improvisational developments, but also exhibits a perfect sense of form.

Works

Suite for piano opus 1 (1968)
Duration: 9'.
CD Finlandia 4509-95704-2: Lauri Väinmaa (piano)
Piano Sonata No. 1 opus 1 no. 2 (1969)

Allegro for violin, cello and piano opus 2 No. 1 (1970)

Duration: 5'.
Trio opus 2 No. 2 (1970)

Concerto No. 1 for violin and chamber orchestra opus 3 (1971)

Duration: 14'.
Four Pieces for piano opus 4 (1971)

Serenade for wind quintet opus 5 (1971)

For flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon. Duration: 8'.
"The Miraculous Story", comic opera based on Decamerone by Boccaccio opus 6 (1974)
Libretto: K. Suvalen.
Divertimento for chamber orchestra opus 7 (1972)
Duration: 11'30".
Piano Sonata No. 2 opus 8 (1973)
Duration: 9'.
Concerto for piano and orchestra opus 9 (1973)
Duration: 20'.
Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra opus 10 (1973)
Duration: 19'.
Wind Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon opus 11 (1974)
Duration: 13'.
"We Play Opera", childrenopera after L. Tugal opus 12 (1975)

"Armastan seda maad", song after Leelo Tungal for chorus opus 13 (1975)

Songs for Leelo, vocal quintet after Leelo Tungal for five voices and instruments opus 14 (1976)

Duration: 6'.
Piano sonata No. 3 opus 15 (1976)
Duration: 14'30".
"Au võitjaile", cantata after Leelo Tungal for mezzo-soprano, chorus and symphony orchestra (1976)
Duration: 10'.
Concerto No. 1 for piano and orchestra (1976)
Duration: 14'.
"Simple Symphony" for chamber orchestra opus 18 (1976)
Duration: 12'.
LP Melodiya C10 17525-6: Lithuanian SSR Chamber Orchestra, S. Sondeckis (conductor)
Concerto No. 2 for violin and orchestra opus 19 (1976)
Duration: 16'.
LP Melodiya C10 17525-6: Estonian SSR Symphony Orchestra, Eri Klas (conductor), I. Kaler (violin)
"Cantus" for two pianos opus 20 (1976)
Duration: 6'.
"Küll on tore keksida" for two pianos opus 20 No. 1 (1976)

"Aga tuhkatriinu on väga ilus" for two pianos opus 20 No. 2 (1976)

"O sancta simplicitas" for two pianos opus 20 No. 3 (1985)

Duration: 15'.
Pieces for Children for piano opus 20A
Duration: 15'.
"Mu armas eesel Iiah" for piano opus 20A No. 6 (1978)

"Vihma sajab" for piano opus 20A No. 7 (1978)

"Küll ma mängin kiiresti" for piano opus 20A No. 8 (1978)

"Imelik marss" for piano opus 20A No. 9 (1978)

"Ma püüan su kinni" for piano opus 20A No. 10 (1981)

"Kurb printsess" for piano opus 20A No. 11 (1981)

"Cana tants" for piano opus 20A No. 12 (1981)

String Quartet (1976)

Duration: 9'.
"Credo", oratorio after Arvi Siig for soloists, chorus and symphony orchestra (1977)
Duration 12'30".
"Uksed lahti", cantata after Paul-Eerik Rummo for chorus, Percussion and orchestra (1977)
Duration: 6'.
Concerto for two pianos and chamber orchestra opus 22 (1978)
Duration: 16'. LP Melodiya C10 17525-6: Lithuanian SSR Chamber Orchestra, Saulius Sondeckis (conductor), Nora Novik and Raffi Kharajanyan (piano)
Piano sonata No. 4 opus 23 (1978)
Duration: 16'.
"The Victim", opera in two acts after the story The Serpent by Aleksei Tolstoi opus 24 (1980)
Libretto: K. Suvalen with verses by S. Jessenin and L. Tungal.
First performance: 1981 in Tallinn.
"The Maiden of The North", rock-opera after K. Skalbe in collaboration with Andres Valkonen (1980)

"Saabastega kass", musical (1980)

"Mannile", cantata after L. Tungal and H. Runnel for chorus and instrumental ensemble opus 26 (1981)

Duration: 12'.
Concerto for bassoon and chamber orchestra opus 27 (1981)
Duration: 15'.
Sonata for two pianos opus 28 (1981)
Duration: 16'.
LP Melodiya C10 22687 003: (Notturno) Nora Novik and Raffi Kharajanyan (piano)
"Rahu", cantata after Leelo Tungal for chorus and symphony orchestra opus 29 (1982)
Duration: 6'.
Sonata-suite for violin and piano opus 30 (1984)
Duration: 11'.
Geometrical Suite" for violin and piano opus 30 (1984)
Duration: 14'.
"Sinfonia sincera" opus 31 (1984)
Duration: 19'.
"Gaudeo", cantata after A. Tanne for mixed chorus and instrumental ensemble opus 33 (1986)
Duration: 21'.
CD "Antes Edition".
Tuuru Chamber Symphony opus 34 (1985)
Duration: 14'.
Small Suite for flute and harp opus 34A (1985)
Duration: 11'.
"Caterwauling" for piano and orchestra (1985)
Duration: 5'.
Variations for piano (1985)
Duration: 4'.
"Kuplee tsellole" for guitar (1985)
Duration: 5'.
Small Suite for guitar (1985)
Duration: 8'.
CD Finlandia 3984 21435 2: Heiki Mätlik (guitar)
Small Suite for flute and harp (1985)
Duration: 14'.
"Tandem con Gioconda" for violin and cello (1986)
Duration: 6'.
"Vesised", canon after Leelo Tungal for chorus (1986)
Duration: 14'.
"Being", cantata after Hando Runnel and Vladimir Lenin for baritone, chorus and symphony orchestra (1986)
Duration: 17'.
Concerto No. 2 for two piano and chamber orchestra opus 36 (1988)
I: Declamations; II: Variations; III: Impressions; IV: Allegro. Duration: 13'.
CD Antes Edition BM CD 319070: Nora Novik and Raffi Kharajanyan (piano)
"Sensation", tele-opera after Leelo Tungal opus 38 (1988)
Libretto: K. Capeki. Duration: 35'.
"Klimper" for two pianos opus 20 No. 4 (1989)
Duration: 13'.
Piece for two pianos opus 20 No. 5

"Nii rääkis supivana" for two pianos opus 20 No. 6 (1978)

Suite for cello and guitar opus 37 (1989)

Duration: 21'.
"Mass to the Memory of the Innocent Victims in Estonia" opus 40 (1989)
Duration: 70'.
"In Vino" for chorus opus 41 (1989)

"Saalomoni öpetussönad" for chorus (1989)

Duration: 3'.
"Seakarjus", musical after Hans Christian Andersen (1988)
Libretto: Leelo Tungal.
"Kellade maja" for piano (1989)

"Sellest konnast küll printsi ei saa" for piano (1989)

Latvian Variations for piano (1989)

"Man and ...", cantata after Leelo Tungal for chrus and symphony orchestra (1991)

Duration: 25'.
Display I: "Portrait of Steve Reich" for two pianos and three percussionists opus 42 No. 1(1991)
Duration: 8'.
Display II: "Portrait of Mozart" for two pianos eight hands opus 42 No. 2 (1991)
Duration: 13'50".
Display III "Portrait of Vivaldi" for chamber orchestra opus 42 No. 3 (1992)
Duration: 6'.
Display IV: Portrait of an unknown musician opus 42 No. 4 (1992)
Duration: 6'.
Three Estonian Folkmelodies for flute opus 43 (1992)
Duration: 5'30".
"Idioms" for flute, violin and guitar opus 43A (1992)
Duration: 9'.
CD Finlandia 4509-95705-2: Tallinn Camerata (Ulrika Kristian (violin), Jaan Oun (flute), Heiki M„tlik (guitar))
"Dance-Steps" for chamber orchestra opus 44A (1992)
Duration: 10'.
Suite for guitar and cello (1992)

Seven Pieces for guitar opus 37A (1992)

Dedicated to Boris Björn Bagger. Duration: 10'.
"White Concerto", concerto for guitar, cello and chamber orchestra opus 46 (1992)
Duration: 15'. Dedicated to Martin Ostertag and Boris Björn Bagger.
CD Tiit Peterson (guitar), Vello Pähn (conductor)
Concerto No. 3 for two pianos and orchestra (1992)
Duration: 20'.
Concerto for guitar and orchestra (1992)

Variations for string orchestra (1993)

Duration: 5'.
Concerto for flute, clarinet and symphony orchestra opus 48 (1993)
Duration: 15'.
CD "Antes Edition"
"Variatio Delectat" for guitar and piano opus 49A (1993)
Duration: 5'30". Composed for Kalle Randalu and Boris Björn Bagger.
Display V: "Portrait of Angel" for flute, clarinet and piano opus 42 No. 5 (1993)
Duration: 9'.
"Clicking Symphony" for plucked instruments (1993)
Duration: 18'.
Display VI: "Portrait of an Ufonaut" for harpsichord opus 42 No. 6 (1994)
Duration: 8'.
"Don Ramon" for chorus, piano and percussion (1994)
Duration: 19'.
Display VII: "Portrait of Pilgrim" for two pianos and percussion opus 42 No. 7 (1994)
Duration: 9'.
"Põhjataeva päike" after Leelo Tungal for chorus (1994)

"Imelikud ilmaasjad" for piano (1994)

Text: Ants Känd.
"Circulus Quadratus" for string orchestra opus 52 (1994)
Duration: 16'.
"Cordis" for clarinet, bass-clarinet and symphony orchestra opus 53 (1994)
Duration: 11'.
"The Traitor", chamber opera (1995)
Libretto: Leelo Tungal and Kurt Vonnegut. Duration: 40'.
Display VIII: Portait of Schubert for chamber orchestra opus 42 No. 8 (1995)
Duration: 12'.
"Modus"for mandoline orchestra opus 49B (1995)
Duration: 9'.
"Phoenix and Tschatscatatutu", musical fairy-tale for flute, two pianos, oboe, basson, percussion and strings opus 55 (1995)
Duration: 20'.
"Carmen amoris hamunkuli" opus 51A (1996)
Duration: 8'.
"Mina tahan" for chorus (1996)
Text: Hando Runnel.
"Movements" for zither orchestra opus 49C (1996)
Duration: 11'.
"Uku ja Ecu", opera (1997)
Libretto: Leelo Tungal. Duration: 51'.
CD "Eesti lauleldused"
Display IX: "Jeeriku pasunad" for chamber orchestra opus 42 No. 9 (1997)
Duration: 12'.
"Tähestiku laul" for piano (1997)

"Lumeootus" for chorus and chamber orchestra (1997)

Text: Leelo Tungal.
"Tee mulle pai" for piano (1997)

"Juku", musical (1998)

Libretto: Leelo Tungal.
"Arcus" for symphony orchestra (1998)
Duration: 9'.
Display X: Perpetuum mobile opus 42 No. 10 (1998)
Duration: 11'.
"Liblikad kivis" for chamber orchestra opus 58 (1998)
Duration: 14'.
"Tahan saada ôpetajaks" for piano (1998)
Text: Leelo Tungal.
"Minu õu" for piano (1998)

"Uku and Ecu", opera (1998)

"Süda", opera after Maarja Kangro (1999)

Libretto: Kirke Kangro.
Concerto No. 2 for piano and chamber orchestra opus 60 (1999)
Duration: 25'.
CD ANTES Edition BM CD 31.9157: ERSO Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paul Mägi (conductor), Kalle Randalu (piano).
"Whisperings" for saxophone quartet (1999)
Duration: 5'.
Double Concerto for cello, guitar and orchestra (1999)

Display XI: "Kaardunud lüüra" for piano opus 42 No. 11 (2000)

Concerto for percussion opus 62 (2000)

Duration: 29'.
"Armastus ja surm" for baritone and piano opus 63 (2000)
After texts by Leelo Tungal, Maarja Kangro, Anna-Magdaleena Kangro and Kirke Kangro. Duration: 12'.
"Kolm kevadist nägemust" for violin, vibraphone and guitar opus 66 (2000)
Duration: 11'.
"Ülemlaul" for chorus (2001)
Duration: 5'.
Display XII: "Balls" for marimba and piano opus 42 No. 12 (2001)


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