Concert by Urmas Sisask

      Composer Urmas Sisask, born on 9 September 1960 in Rapla, graduated from the Tallinn Music Secondary School in 1980 and from the Tallinn State Conservatory in 1985, the class of composition of René Eespere. Sisask has uniquely combined his love for composing and interest in astronomy. In the tower of an old castle in Jäneda he keeps a musical observatory-planetarium (the planetarium was opened in 1996 and the observatory finished in 1998), where a large part of his output is created and where he holds many concerts.
     Already in his early years, Urmas Sisask was keen on astronomy and in its connections with music. This deep interest is reflected in his first larger works Starry Sky Cycle ("Tähistaeva tsükkel", 1987) for piano, The Pleiads ("Plejaadid", 1989) for piano, The Milky Way ("Linnutee galaktika", 1990) for two pianos and Andromeda ("Andromeda galaktika", 1991, for eight hands) for piano.
     According to Sisask, the Universe is a giant organ created by God. The Galaxies, the stars, the planets etc are the pipes of this organ and this is his work and credo. Getting to know the harmony of this musical instrument of the Universe and making it audible to people is his mission. Hereby he does not think of himself as a composer, but more as someone who merely writes this music down.
     Another aspect of the composer is visible in his sacred music. The 24 sacred songs under the title Gloria Patri (1988) have become extremely popular. Urmas Sisask is probably better known for his choral pieces. In contrast with the bustling modern life, this simple, sincere and tender sound world appears as if it really has come from another Galaxy.
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