Veljo Tormis

WORKS FOR THE STAGE

  • Estonian Ballads [Eesti ballaadid]
    Part I
    1. Prologue (The Daughter’s Fate)
    2. A Chaste Girl
    3. Epigraph I
    4. A Girl in the Wrong
    5. Epigraph II
    6. The Husband-killer
    7. Epigraph III
    8. The Wife-killer

    Part II
    9. Epigraph IV
    10. The Wife of Gold
    11. The Wife from the Grave
    12. Epilogue
    ballet-cantata in 2 parts
    1980
    97'
    soprano, mezzo soprano, alto, tenor, bass, mixed choir, symphony orchestra: 2232, 4231, percussion (5), celesta, harp, 5-stringed Finnish zither, strings
    Libretto: Lea Tormis, traditional texts arranged by Ülo Tedre (in Estonian)
    Fp: July, 27, 1980, State Academic Theatre Estonia, choreographer and producer Mai Murdmaa, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    Commissioned by: for the cultural program of the 1980 Olympic Games in Tallinn
    CD "Estonian ballads", Forte (2010); Theatre Estonia orchestra, oratorio choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste, concert master Aarne Talvik
    Distributer: Piano reduction is available in EMIC Music Shop

    Manuscript
  • Children's Songs [Lastelaulud]
    a staged version based on "School Music"
    1977
    Fp: March, 19, 1988, State Academic Theatre Vanemuine, students of Tartu Secondary School No. 2, conductor Kadri Leppoja

Operas

  • Swan's Flight [Luigelend]
    chamber opera in 2 acts, 7 scenes
    1966
    75'
    soprano, tenor, bass, actor, female choir, symphony orchestra: 2121, 3220, percussion (1+3), harp, piano, strings
    Libretto: based on novel by Osvald Tooming; book by Kaarel Ird; libretto: Enn Vetemaa
    Fp: April, 20, 1966, State Academic Theatre "Vanemuine", director Kaarel Ird, conductor Erich Kõlar
    Manuscript

Musical and/or drama and/or dance works for stage

  • Women's Songs [Naistelaulud]
    a stage anthology of ancient Estonian folk songs
    Part I, Childhood
    1. Curse upon Death
    2. Were the Voice as Before
    3. Birth Incantation
    4. Daughters Into the Water
    5. When Will I Repay Mamma’s Trouble?
    6. On the Way

    Part II, Time of Beauty (Swing scene)
    7. Go High, Swing!
    8. Call to the Swing
    9. The Swing in a Beautiful Place
    10. The Maiden’s Promise
    11. The Maiden’s Prise
    12. Pretty Maiden on the Swing
    13. A Flea on a Swing
    14. What is Visible from the Swing
    15. Blue Colored Little Bird
    16. Time of Beauty Passes
    17. Summer Arrives
    18. On a Night Way

    Part III, Leaving Father’s Home
    19. The Maiden’s Praise
    20. Bride of the Star
    21. Bride’s Lament
    22. Suitor from the Forest
    23. Suitor at the Spring
    24. Everyone Has Their Own Destiny

    Part IV, Womanhood
    25. Good Man
    26. no text
    27. Evil Man
    28. Poor Me, A Prisoner of Children

    Part V, Troubled Time
    29. A Song Despite Worries
    30. Still Sad
    31. Sending the Message With the Birds
    32. A Chalice of Worries
    33. The Tale of Husband Slayer Mai
    34. Still Sad
    35. What Sense in Worrying

    Part VI, Sing as Long as You Live
    36. When I Begin to Sing
    37. A Memory from Swing Time
    38. No Weeping Even at Death
    39. Sing as Long as You Live
    1974-1975/1981
    65'
    female soloists, female choir
    Libretto: folklore, arranged by Jaan Kaplinski
    Fp: May, 8, 1977, State Academic Theatre Vanemuine, director Kaarel Ird
    Manuscript
  • Men's Songs [Meestelaulud]
    staged songs with narration
    Part I
    1. Mens's Song
    2. Bundling Song
    3. Betrothal Visit Song
    4. Drinking Song
    5. Song of the Turkish War
    Part II
    6. Sailor's Song
    7. Serf's Song
    8. Dancing Song
    9. Bawdy Song
    10. Village Song
    1965
    narrator, male choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Paul-Eerik Rummo
    Fp: April, 20, 1966, State Academic Theatre "Vanemuine", director Kaarel Ird, conductor Erich Kõlar
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt

WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA

Works for symphony orchestra

  • Suite from the incidental music to the Aleksandr Shtein´s play "Ocean"
    Dedicated to Erich Kõlar
    1. Ocean
    2. An Oldtime Waltz
    3. Dreams
    4. Anger
    5. Melancholy
    6. Snowstorm
    7. Sailors’ Farewell Waltz
    8. Finale
    1961/2000
    30'
    symphony orchestra: 2222, 4231, percussion (1+4), strings
    Fp: Estonian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Erich Kõlar
    CD "Swan flight", Finlandia (2001); Estonian-Finnish Symphony Orchestra, conductor Anu Tali
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Music for the 1980 Dance Festival
    1. Call
    2. Dance of Greeting
    3. Arrival Dance (Standing opposite)
    1978
    15 shaman drums, 30 trompets, 10 trombones; symphony orchestra: 3224, 5820, percussion, strings
    Manuscript
  • Little Symphony [Väike sümfoonia]
    Hommage à Joseph Haydn
    to amateur symphony orchestras
    1. Molto allegro
    2. Larghetto
    3. Allegretto rustico
    4. Adagio. Allegro marcando
    1961
    symphony orchestra (amateur orchestra) : 1121, 2210, 1+1, piano, strings
    Manuscript
  • Overture No. 2
    1959
    11'
    symphony orchestra: 3233, 4331, percussion, strings
    Fp: conductor Roman Matsov; 1959, Tallinn
    16 CD-s "Complete Telarc Recordings", Concord Bicycle Music (2017); Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conductor Paavo Järvi (CD 15)
    CD "Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10, Veljo Tormis: Overture No. 2", Telarc (2009). Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conductor Paavo Järvi
    CD "Music from Estonia", Chandos (2005); The Scottish National Orchestra, conductor Neeme Järvi
    CD "100 years of Estonian symphony", Estonian Record Productions (2004); Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
    CD "Music from Estonia. Volume 2", Chandos (1989); The Scottish National Orchestra, conductor Neeme Järvi
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Overture No. 1 (Festive Overture) [Avamäng nr. 1 (Pidulik avamäng)]
    1956
    6'
    symphony orchestra: 3222, 4331, percussion (1+3), harp, strings
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript

Works for chamber orchestra

  • Suite from the film "Spring"
    1. When Arno Arrived at the School House with his Father
    2. Conversation Under the Old Willow Tree
    3. Misfortune on Thin Ice
    4. Blizzardous Nightfall
    5. Spring
    1969/1973
    chamber orchestra: 2000, 0000, percussion, strings
    CD "Estonian composers I: Estonian contemporary classics", Eesti Raadio (2001)
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Music from the feature film "The Spring"
    arranged by Jüri-Ruut Kangur
    1. When Arno Arrived at the School House with his Father
    2. Stopping at the Old Willow Tree
    3. Misfortune on Thin Ice
    4. Spring

    chamber orchestra: flute/piccolo flute, vibraphone/xylophone, strings
    Manuscript
  • The Last Ship (Valse triste) [Viimane laev (Valse triste)]
    chamber orchestra: percussion, strings
    Publisher: Eres Edition

Works for string orchestra

  • Nostalgia
    setting of the first five songs of the cycle for mixed choir of the same title written in 1985
    1. Our Childhood Village Lane (Lydia Koidula)
    2. When I was Still Young (Märt Moon)
    3. On Your Way, Dear Storks (Friedrich Kuhlbars)
    4. Once, Sitting Deep in Thought (Karl Ruut)
    5. My Quiet, Lovely Home (Martin Körber)
    2009
    string orchestra
    Fp: Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, conductor Andres Mustonen; January 14, 2015, Felicija Blumental Music Center, Tel Aviv
    Manuscript
  • Reminiscentia: Autumn Landscapes [Sügismaastikud]
    setting from the choral piece with the same title written in 1964
    1. It is Late Summer
    2. Clouds Racing Across the Sky
    3. Pale Light
    4. Painfully Red Leaves
    5. Wind Along the Heath
    6. Cold Autumn Night
    7. Sad Purple Heather
    2009
    11'
    string orchestra
    Fp: Tallinn Chamber Orhestra, conductor Eri Klas; May 23, 2009, Tallinn Methodist Church
    Manuscript
  • Reminiscentia: Our Shadows [Meie varjud]
    setting of the choral pice with the same title written in 1969
    2009
    string orchestra
    Fp: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; August 1, 2010, Island Naissaar, Omari barn, Veljo Tormis Festival
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Reminiscentia: Spring Sketches [Kevadkillud]
    setting from the choral piece for female choir with the same title written in 1966
    1. Spring Wind
    2. Buds Leafing Out
    3. Evening Sky
    4. Under the Bird-cherry Tree
    5. Yellow Flame
    6. In Late Spring
    2009
    string orchestra
    Fp: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; August 1, 2010, Island Naissaar, Omari barn, Veljo Tormis Festival
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Reminiscentia: St. John's Day Songs [Jaanilaulud]
    setting of the choral piece for mixed choir with the same title written in 1967
    1. Call to the Midsummer Bonfire I
    2. Call to the Midsummer Bonfire II
    3. Can't be Caught by a Gun
    4. Why St. John is Awaited
    5. St. John's Steed
    6. Fire Spell
    7. St. John's Song
    2009
    string orchestra
    Fp: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; August 1, 2010, Island Naissaar, Omari barn, Veljo Tormis Festival
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Reminiscentia: Summer Motifs [Suvemotiivid]
    setting from the choral pice for female choir with the same title written in 1969
    1. Dry Weather
    2. Thunderstorm
    3. Summer Night
    2009
    string orchestra
    Fp: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; August 1, 2010, Island Naissaar, Omari barn, Veljo Tormis Festival
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Reminiscentia: The Last Ship (Valse triste)
    setting of the choral pice for male choir with the same title written in 1981
    2009
    string orchestra
    Fp: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; August 1, 2010, Island Naissaar, Omari barn, Veljo Tormis Festival
    Publisher: Eres Edition
    Manuscript
  • Reminiscentia: Three I Had Those Words of Beauty [Kolm mul oli kaunist sõna]
    setting of the choral pice for male choir with the same title written in 1962
    2009
    string orchestra
    Fp: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; August 1, 2010, Island Naissaar, Omari barn, Veljo Tormis Festival
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Reminiscentia: Winter Patterns [Talvemustrid]
    setting of the choral pice for female choir with the same title written in 1968
    1. Winter Morning
    2. Cold
    3. Blizzard
    4. Northen Lights
    2009
    string orchestra
    Fp: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; August 1, 2010, Isalnd Naissaar, Omari barn, Veljo Tormis Festival
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript

Works for wind orchestra

  • Two Pieces for Wind Orchestra
    1. Introduction (Introduction)
    2. Ballad

    1959
    wind orchestra
    Manuscript
  • Five Pieces for Wind Orchestra
    1. Dance
    2. Folk Melody
    3. Little Scherzo
    4. Sad Little Song
    5. Joyful March
    1958
    wind orchestra
    Manuscript

WORKS FOR SOLO INSTRUMENT(S) AND ORCHESTRA

Works for cello and orchestra

  • Cloud Over the Moon (Pilvi yli kuun)
    Arrangement with a solo cadenza of the 1991 choral work "Sinikka's Song" by Allar Kaasik
    2010
    8'
    cello, string orchestra
    FpEst: Allar Kaasik (cello), Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; July 23, 2010, Pärnu St. Elizabeth Church, David Oistrakh Festival
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript

WORKS FOR ENSEMBLE

  • 1975 United Song Festival Fanfares
    a) at the beginning of the festival
    b) before Mihkel Lüdig´s "Dawn"

    1975
    4 (or 8) trompets
    Manuscript

Duos

  • Cloud Over the Moon (Pilvi yli kuun)
    Arrangement with a solo cadenza of the 1991 choral work "Sinikka's Song" by Allar Kaasik
    2012
    cello, organ
    Manuscript
  • Ten Actions with Trumpet and Piano [Kümme tegemist trompeti ja klaveriga]
    Based on Six Estonian Narrative Folksongs for Female Voices and Piano (1969) and Four Estonian Narrative Folksongs for Male Voices and Piano (1970)
    1. Sweeping by the Sea
    2. Looking for a Lost Herd
    3. Abandoning Daughters
    4. Killing the Molester
    5. Mother's Grief
    6. Becalming the Sea
    7. Waiting for the Suitor
    8. Men's Argument
    9. Sharing the Women
    10. Killing the Big Ox

    2012
    20'
    trumpet, piano
    Fp: Indrek Vau (trumpet), Peep Lassmann (piano); November 27, 2012, Türi Culture House, November 29, 2012, Tallinn House of Brotherhood of Black Heads
    Publisher: SP Muusika
  • Killing of the Great Ox [Suure härja tapmine]
    Author's arrangement of "The Great Ox", the 4th movement of the vocal cycle "Four Estonian Narrative Folk Songs" (1970). Obligatory piece for the Estonian competition of wind instrument players in 2012.  
    1970/2011
    5'
    trombone, piano
    Fp: 22.03.2012, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, the Republican Wind and Percussion Players’ Competition 2012
    Publisher: SP Muusika, Estonian Music Foundation
    Distributer: EMIC EMF 001
  • The Story of One Song [Ühe laulu lugu]
    1994
    trumpet, cello
    Manuscript
  • Sonata for Violin and Piano
    1. Allegro con moto
    2. Andante
    3. Vivace

    1953
    violin, piano
    Manuscript
  • Suite from Vigala County's Folk Tunes
    5 movements
    1949
    violin, piano
    Manuscript

Trios

  • Fanfare for Republic of Estonia´s 75. anniversary
    based on motive from "Song of a Level Land"
    3 trumpets
    Manuscript

String quartets

  • St. John´s Quartet [Jaanikvartett]
    arrangement for string quartet from four parts of choir cycle "St. John´s Day Songs" (1967)
    1. Jaaniku, jaaniku! (Call to the Midsummer Bonfire)
    2. Jaanike, jaaniste! (Can´t be Caught by a Gun)
    3. Jaanika! (Why St. John is Awaited)
    4. Jaaniko, jaaniko! (St. John's Steed)

    2004
    5'30''
    string quartet
    Manuscript

Quintets

  • Cloud Over the Moon (Pilvi yli kuun)
    arrangement with a solo cadenza of the 1991 choral work "Sinikka's Song" by Allar Kaasik
    2011
    8'
    cello, string quartet
    Fp: Allar Kaasik (solo cello), Ciurlionis String Quartet; July 17, 2011, Kõpu Church, Pärnu County, Estonia
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • St. John´s Quartet [Jaanikvartett]
    arrangement from string quartet´s "St. John´s Quartet" 1st part
    1. Jaaniku! (Call to the Midsummer Bonfire)
    saxophone quintet
    Manuscript

Sextets

  • Sinikka's Song (Sinikan laulu)
    Arrangement of Mari Järvi
    1991/2017
    6'
    6 cellos
    Fp: Estonian Cello Ensemble: Johannes Välja, Theodor Sink, Andreas Lend, Marius Järvi, Villu Vihermäe, Maarit Kangron; April 12, 2017, Tallinn House of Blackheads, Estonian Music Days

Works for large ensemble (8+)

  • Fanfares for RAM [Fanfaarid RAMile]
    for Estonian National Male Choir´s 40th jubilee
    1984
    3 trumpets, 3 horns, 3 trombones
    Manuscript

WORKS FOR SOLO INSTRUMENT

Works for piano

  • Three Preludes and Fugues for Piano
    Dedicated to Lilian Semper
    1. Prelude and fugue in G minor
    2. Prelude and fugue in B flat minor
    3. Prelude and fugue in D major

    1955/1958
    14'
    piano
    CD "Mängib Lilian Semper", L. Semper (2001); Lilian Semper (piano)
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Variations for Piano
    Theme. Andante
    Var. 1. L' istesse tempo
    Var. 2. Poco piu mosso
    Var. 3. Allegro
    Var. 4. Allegretto grazioso
    Var. 5. Andante grandioso
    Var. 6. Scherzando
    Var. 7. Andante
    Var. 8. Veloce

    1951
    piano
    Manuscript
  • Wooden Wheel [Puuratas]
    dance tune
    piano
    Manuscript

Works for organ

  • Thirteen Glances Organwards [Kolmteist pilku oreli poole]
    Arrangement of the choral cycle "Thirteen Estonian Lyric Folk Songs" (1972), by Ene Salumäe
    1. The Power of Song (Muhu)
    2. Looking for Singers (Setu)
    3. Songs Learned at Weddings (Kuusalu)
    4. The Bad Thresher (Väike-Maarja)
    5. Don't Hit an Orphan (Paistu)
    6. Oxen Await the Holidays (Jõhvi)
    7. Cursing the Squires (Urvaste)
    8. A Serf's Wages (Kodavere)
    9. Worry Breaks the Spirit (Kolga-Jaani)
    10. At Sunday Morning
    11. Orphans in the Forest (Hargla)
    12. Sweetheart's Call
    13. The Beauty of the Evening (Audru)

    1972/2010
    organ
    Fp: Ene Salumäe (organ); March 26, 2011, Tallinn Dome Church,  Estonian Music Days Festival
    Publisher: SP Muusika

VOCAL AND CHORAL MUSIC

Works for mixed choir and orchestra

  • Song of Joy [Laul rõõmust]
    cantata for the 1975 Folk Dance Festival
    1. Entrance of the Dancers
    2. Ceremonial Poem
    3. Song of Joy

    1974
    mixed choir, symphony orchestra: 2222, 4331, percussion, wooden semantron, strings
    Text: Enn Vetemaa
    Manuscript
  • Sun, Earth and Sea [Päike, maa ja meri]
    cantata for the 1970 Folk Dance Festival
    Prologue:
    1. Invitation and Arrival
    2. The Great Word
    3. Sun, Earth, Sea
    Epilogue:
    4. Departing Dance
    1970
    soprano, mixed choir, symphony orchestra: 3, reed pipe, 332, 4431, percussion, piano, strings
    Text: Mart Raud
    Manuscript
  • Vanemuine
    Cantata in four movements. Dedicated for the opening of the new Vanemuine theatre building and the 100th anniversary of the theatre
    1. Allegro moderato
    2. Andante
    3. Largo
    4. Allegro moderato

    1967
    10'
    mixed choir, symphony orchestra: 2222, 4331, percussion, harp, piano, strings
    Text: Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald, Estonian national epic "Kalevipoeg"
    Manuscript
  • The Son of Kalev [Kalevipoeg]
    epic cantata
    1. The Singer
    2. Kalevipoeg's Plowing
    3. Kalevipoeg at his Father’s Grave
    4. Journeying to Battle
    5. Kalevipoeg Chained to a Boulder
    6. Far off I See Home Grow Larger
    1956/1959
    40'
    tenor, baritone, mixed choir, symphony orchestra: 3322, 4331, percussion, harp, strings
    Text: Estonian national epic "Kalevipoeg", selections made by Lea Tormis, Paul-Eerik Rummo, Veljo Tormis
    Fp: Viktor Gurjev (tenor), Tiit Kuusik (baritone), Estonian Radio Mixed Choir and Symphony Orchestra, conductor Sergey Prokhorov; April 24, 1959, Tallinn
    Manuscript
  • The Mahtra War [Mahtra sõda]
    cantata for the 100th anniversary of the Mahtra War
    1. Song About Slavery
    2. Song About Struggle
    3. Song About Justice
    1958
    mixed choir, wind orchestra
    Text: Paul-Eerik Rummo
    Fp: Estonian TV and Radio Mixed Chorus, condcutor Jüri Variste; 1958 (with piano)
    Manuscript

Works for female choir and orchestra

  • Suite from opera "Swan's Flight" [Süit ooperist "Luigelend"]
    dedicated to teacher and friend Yuri Fortunatov
    1. Arrival of the Swans (Prologue)
    2. Separated
    3. Spring Wind. The Insult
    4. The Swan Hunt
    5. Fever
    6. Swans (Epilogue)
    1971
    17'
    female choir, symphony orchestra: 2121, 5410, percussion, piano, harp, strings
    Fp: conductor Eri Klas; November, 7, 1972, State Academic Theatre Estonia, Tallinn
    CD "Swan flight", Finlandia (2001); Estonian-Finnish Symphony Orchestra, conductor Anu Tali
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript

Works for joint choir or multiple choirs and orchestra

  • The Birth Rite [Sünnisõnad]
    collage cantata
    1999
    narrator, voices, mezzo soprano, tenor, mixed choir, children's choir, male choir, symphony orchestra: 2222, 4231, percussion, piano, six-stringed Estonian zither, strings
    Text: folklore, Jaan Kaplinski, Paul-Eerik Rummo
    Fp: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Girls' Choir Ellerhein, Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; December, 30, 1999; Estonian Concert Hall, Tallinn
    Commissioned by: Eesti Kontsert and Tõnu Kaljuste for the Millenium
    Manuscript
  • Homeland's Birthday [Kodumaa sünnipäev]
    cantata
    Epigraph 1
    1. We Sing to the Sea
    Epigraph 2
    2. We Sing to You, Land
    Epigraph 3
    3. To the Trees We Sing
    4. We Sing to the Firmament
    5. Today is Our Homeland's Birthday

    children's choir, male choir, mixed choir, symphony orchestre: 3333, 4331, 1+3, organ, strings
    Text: Paul-Eerik Rummo
    Manuscript

Works for choir, (soloist or soloists) and instrument(s)

  • Lament-Charm [Itk-loits]
    dedicated to Gustav Ernesaks
    1993
    foresinger, choir, timpani
    Text: rahvaluule
    Manuscript
  • Prologue and Epilogue for Song Celebration in 1990
    Prologue
    1. Call Signal. Joint Song. Runic Song (male choir)
    2. Call Signal. Joint Song (male choir). Runic Song (female choir)
    3. Call Signal. Joint Song (male choir and female choir). Runic Song (children's choir)
    4. Call Signal. Joint Song Runic Song (joint choir)
    5. Andante maestoso

    Epilogue
    1. Largo. Andante con moto. Runic Song (joint choir)
    2. Runic Song (foresinger - female voice, joint choir)
    3. Runic Song (foresinger - male voice, joint choir)
    4. Runic Song (foresingers together, joint choir)
    5. Ending

    1978/1990
    foresingers, male choir, female choir, children's choir, orchestra
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ülo Tedre
    Manuscript
  • Fanfare (Kust mina teadsin siia tulla, üles, üles)
    Estonian folk melody
    1988
    alto, tenor or french horn, foresinger, choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ülo Tedre
    Manuscript
  • Estonian Man and His Kin [Eesti mees ja tema sugu]
    written on the occasion of the "Phosphorite War"
    1987
    3'
    male choir, wooden gong
    Text: Lea Tormis
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor, Arvo Volmer; November 1, 1987, Vigala
    Manuscript
  • Nenets´ Song [Neenetsi laul]
    based on Estonian and Eskimo´s folk tune
    1981
    choir, bass drum
    Text: Ellen Niit
    Manuscript
  • Voices from Tammsaare's Herdboy Days [Hääled Tammsaare karjapõlvest]
    documentary cantata
    1977
    11'
    tenor, male choir, cow bell, sleigh bells, phonogram
    Text: folklore
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; January, 21, 1978, Estonian Concert Hall, Tallinn
    Commissioned by: Ministry of Culture for 100th anniversary of Tammsaare's birth
    CD "Ancient voices", Forte (1994); State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    CD "Vision of Estonia. II – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Song About Young Communist League [Laul komsomolist]
    cantata
    1. Moderato
    2. Tempo di marcia
    3. Moderato

    1950
    soloist, female choir, piano
    Text: Lea Tormis
    Manuscript

Works for mixed choir and instrument(s)

  • Cloud Over the Moon (Pilvi yli kuun)
    arrangement of the 1991 choral work "Sinikka's Song", by Allar Kaasik
    2010
    8'
    cello, mixed choir
    Text: Eino Leino (in Finnish)
    Fp: Allar Kaasik (cello), State Choir Latvija, conductor Māris Sirmais; April 29, 2010, Helsinki Town Hall
    FpEst: Allar Kaasik (cello), State Choir Latvija, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; July 11, 2010, Pärnu St. Elizabeth Church, David Oistrakh Festival
  • Curse Upon Iron [Raua needmine]
    1972/1991/2001
    10'
    tenor, bass, mixed choir, shaman drum; 2001- version for tenor, bass and male choir
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala", IX, adapted ja augmented by August Annist, Paul-Eerik Rummo, Jaan Kaplinski (in Estonian)
    Fp: Tallinn Chamber Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; May, 6, 1973, Tartu State University assembly hall
    CD "Reworks: the Law of Conservation of Song“, Ulmeplaadid (2009). Uku Nurk
    CD "Works for men's voices", Toccata Classics (2007); Svanholm Singers, conductor Sofia Söderberg Eberhard
    CD “Raua needmine”, Elwood (2006); Metsatöll, Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Mihhail Gerts
    CD "Juhatab Ants Üleoja", EMLS (2006); conductor Ants Üleoja
    CD "Voice of Africa", Guild Music (2002)
    CD "Litany to thunder – Veljo Tormis", ECM Records (1999); EPCC, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "7 Magnificat-Antiphonen – Arvo Pärt", Lambourne (1996); BBC Singers, conductor Bo Holten
    CD "Epic fields - Veljo Tormis", Forte (1995); Estonian Radio
    Mixed Choir, conductors Tõnu Kangron, Ants Üleoja
    CD "Kammerkoor Arsis", Forte (1994); Chamber Choir Arsis, conductor Aivar Mäe
    CD "Scandinavian contemporary a cappella", Chandos (1994); The Danish National Radio Choir, conductor Stefan Parkman
    CD "Messe pour double choeur - Frank Martin. Choral works - Veljo Tormis", Bohemia Music (1992); World Youth Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Incantation for Peace [Rahuloits]
    1986
    mixed choir, shaman drum
    Text: Based on text and melody by Aleksander Heintalu
  • How I Know Where's Home [Kust tunnen kodu]
    1984
    mixed choir, piano
    Text: folklore (Kolga-Jaani)
    Manuscript

Works for female choir and instrument(s)

  • Forging the Sampo (Sampo cuditor)
    1997/2003
    8'
    female choir or male choir or girls choir, log drums, anvil
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala" X: 259–310, 391–422, 433–438 (in Latin, translated by Tuomo Pekkanen)
    Fp: Margus Vaht and Vambola Krigul (percussions), Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots; November, 20, 2004, Estonian Concert Hall, Tallinn (first performance of male choir)
    Commissioned by: Mädchenchor Hannover
    CD "Concert for a new Millennium: Mädchen Chor Hannover auf der EXPO 2000", Gutingi (2001); Hannover Girls' Choir, conductor Gudrun Schröfel
    CD "Estonian patterns", Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (2005); Tartu University Academic Female Choir, conductor Vaike Uibopuu
    CD "Works for men's voices", Toccata Classics (2007); Svanholm Singers, conductor Sofia Söderberg Eberhard
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Curse Upon Iron [Raua needmine]
    2001
    soprano, alto, female choir, shaman drum
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala", IX, adapted ja augmented by August Annist, Paul-Eerik Rummo, Jaan Kaplinski (in Estonian)
    Manuscript
  • An Aboriginal Song [Pärismaalase lauluke]
    based on Estonian folk tune motif
    1981
    female choir, shaman drum
    Manuscript
  • Chorus from the opera "Swan's Flight" [Koor ooperist "Luigelend"]
    1964
    3'
    2 sopranos, female choir, piano
    Text: vocalise
    Fp: 1965, Tartu State University
    Manuscript

Works for male choir and instrument(s)

  • Forging the Sampo (Sampo cuditor)
    1997/2003
    8'
    female choir or male choir or girls choir, log drums, anvil
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala" X: 259–310, 391–422, 433–438 (in Latin, translated by Tuomo Pekkanen)
    Fp: Margus Vaht and Vambola Krigul (percussions), Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots; November, 20, 2004, Estonian Concert Hall, Tallinn (first performance of male choir)
    Commissioned by: Mädchenchor Hannover
    CD "Concert for a new Millennium: Mädchen Chor Hannover auf der EXPO 2000", Gutingi (2001); Hannover Girls' Choir, conductor Gudrun Schröfel
    CD "Estonian patterns", Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (2005); Tartu University Academic Female Choir, conductor Vaike Uibopuu
    CD "Works for men's voices", Toccata Classics (2007); Svanholm Singers, conductor Sofia Söderberg Eberhard
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Curse Upon Iron [Raua needmine]
    1972/1991/2001
    10'
    tenor, bass, mixed choir, shaman drum; 2001- version for tenor, bass and male choir
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala", IX, adapted ja augmented by August Annist, Paul-Eerik Rummo, Jaan Kaplinski (in Estonian)
    Fp: Tallinn Chamber Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; May, 6, 1973, Tartu State University assembly hall
    CD "Reworks: the Law of Conservation of Song“, Ulmeplaadid (2009). Uku Nurk
    CD "Works for men's voices", Toccata Classics (2007); Svanholm Singers, conductor Sofia Söderberg Eberhard
    CD “Raua needmine”, Elwood (2006); Metsatöll, Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Mihhail Gerts
    CD "Juhatab Ants Üleoja", EMLS (2006); conductor Ants Üleoja
    CD "Voice of Africa", Guild Music (2002)
    CD "Litany to thunder – Veljo Tormis", ECM Records (1999); EPCC, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "7 Magnificat-Antiphonen – Arvo Pärt", Lambourne (1996); BBC Singers, conductor Bo Holten
    CD "Epic fields - Veljo Tormis", Forte (1995); Estonian Radio
    Mixed Choir, conductors Tõnu Kangron, Ants Üleoja
    CD "Kammerkoor Arsis", Forte (1994); Chamber Choir Arsis, conductor Aivar Mäe
    CD "Scandinavian contemporary a cappella", Chandos (1994); The Danish National Radio Choir, conductor Stefan Parkman
    CD "Messe pour double choeur - Frank Martin. Choral works - Veljo Tormis", Bohemia Music (1992); World Youth Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Cantata of Tallinn Secondary Science School [Reaalkantaat]
    For the 110th anniversary of the Tallinn Secondary Science School
    1991
    3'
    male choir, piano (ad lib)
    Text: Paul-Eerik Rummo
    Manuscript
  • Väinämöinen's Words of Wisdom [Väinämöise tarkussõnad (Väinämöisen sanoja)]
    Dedicated to Union of Male Choirs (Finland)
    1984/1987
    4'
    male choir, piano
    Text: "Kanteletar" I: 90 (in Finnish)
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir; December 12, 1989, Estonian Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD "People of Kalevala: Balto-Finnic folk songs", Finlandia records (1996); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    CD "Juhatab Ants Üleoja", EMLS (2006); conductor Ants Üleoja
    CD "Visions beyond Estonia / Veljo Tormis", Alba (2007); Estonian National Male Choir, conducted by Ants Soots
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • The Seventeenth Canto of the "Kalevala" ("Kalevalan" seitsemästoista runo)
    for the 150th anniversary of the publication of "Kalevala"
    1985
    42'
    2 tenors, 2 basses, narrator, male choir, folk instruments: 5-stringed Finnish zithers kantele, 7 shaman drums, 3 wooden bells (little, medium, big), rattle, buzz-disk, bullroarer
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala", the 17th canto (in Finnish)
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; May 16, 1985, 22nd Secondary School, Tallinn
    Commissioned by: Commission from Estonian Ministry of Culture requested by State Academic Male Choir for their tour of Finland
    CD „Reworks: the Law of Conservation of Song“, Ulmeplaadid (2009). Tõnis Leemets
    CD "People of Kalevala: Balto-Finnic folk songs", Finlandia records (1996). Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • God Protect Us from War! [Kaitse, Jumal, sõja eest! (Varjele, Jumala, soasta!)]
    1984
    6'
    male choir, tam-tam
    Text: "Kanteletar" II: 323, 326 (in Finnish)
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja, February, 2, 1986, Estonian Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD "Raua needmine", Elwood (2006); Metsatöll, Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Mihhail Gerts
    CD "Vision of Estonia. II – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Peace: music for reflection and consolation", Finlandia Records (2001); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Küll ma laulaks", Eesti Raadio (1997); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "People of Kalevala: Balto-Finnic folk songs", Finlandia records (1996); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Estonian experience", Finlandia Records (1995)
    CD "Eesti Restauraator 45", Forte (1995); male choir Restauraator, conductor Indrek Vijard
    CD "Ancient voices", Forte (1994); State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Days of Outlawry [Lindpriiuse päevad]
    Difficult Days of Outlawry
    based on music for the film "Outlaws"
    1. There Was No Sun
    2. Brothers
    3. And Nevertheless, Love
    1971/1979
    7'
    mezzo soprano, male choir, 2 trumpets, timpani (5)
    Text: Hando Runnel
    Fp: Leili Tammel (mezzo soprano), State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; October, 18, 1980, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD "Vision of Estonia. II – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • The Singer [Laulja]
    dedicated to Gustav Ernesaks
    1974
    6'
    male choir, organ, piatti, gran cassa
    Text: Kristjan Jaak Peterson
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Kuno Areng; November, 16, 1974, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD "Review of the Estonian Choral Music", Estonian Choral Association, Estonian Public Broadcast (2011); Estonian National Male Choir, Rold Uusväli (organ), Kalju Terasmaa, Ole Valgmaa (percussion), conductor Olev Oja
    CD "Keeping together – Veljo Tormis", Forte (1994); State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    CD "Review of the Estonian choral music", Eesti Laulu-ja Tantsupeo Sihtasutus (2002); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Teaduste Akadeemia Meeskoor", Teaduste Akadeemia Meeskoor (2004); Academy of Science Male Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Three I Had Those Words of Beauty [Kolm mul oli kaunist sõna]
    poem
    1962
    7'
    male choir, flute
    Text: Paul-Eerik Rummo
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Harald Uibo; November 3, 1962, Pedagogical Institute
    CD „...südames sügaval. Juhatab Uno Järvela“, Eesti Kooriühing (2016); State Academic Male Choir, Jaan Õun (flute), conductor Uno Järvela
    CD "Review of the Estonian Choral Music", Estonian Choral Association, Estonian Public Broadcast (2011); Estonian National MAle Choir, Peeter Malkov (flute), conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Keeping together – Veljo Tormis", Forte (1994); State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    CD "Küll ma laulaks", Eesti Raadio (1997); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots, Peeter Malkov (flute)
    CD "Songs through the years", Tartu meeskoor Gaudeamus (2001); Tartu Male Choir Gaudeamus, conductor Ülle Sakarias
    CD "Review of the Estonian choral music", Eesti Laulu-ja Tantsupeo Sihtasutus (2002); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Capricer med OD. Del 5: 1987-1990", BIS (2004); Orphei Drängar, conducters Eric Ericson and Robert Sund
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III / Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Manuscript
  • Day of Peace [Rahu päev]
    festive poem
    1960
    9'
    male choir, organ, timpani, piatti, tam-tam
    Text: Manivald Kesamaa
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Gustav Ernesaks; January 26, 1961, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
    Manuscript

Works for children’s choir and instrument(s)

  • Finno-Ugric Landscapes - 15 Folk Songs (Suomalais-ugrilaisia maisemia - 15 kansanlaulua)
    dediactaed to György Kádár and Onkilahti children's choir (Vaasa, Finland)
    1. Hunting Song (Mansi)
    2. Singing on a Hillock (Handi)
    3. The Mill Turning On the Danubel (Hungarian)
    4. By the Riverside (Udmurt)
    5. On the Lakeshore (Komi)
    6. Homeplace (Mordvivian)
    7. Flowing River (Mari)
    8. On the Slopes of the Fjeld (Sami)
    9. On Vepsian Pathways (Vepsian)
    10. Prologue to the Epic (Izhorian)
    11. The Oak Tree (Votic)
    12. Herding Song (Karelian)
    13. Mighty Waves (Finnish)
    14. On the Seashore (Livonian)
    15. The Creation of the World (Estonian)
    1994
    children's choir, (soprano saxophone in B)
    Text: folklore, in 15 languages
    Fp: August, 1995, 8th International Finno-Ugric Congress, Jyväskylä, Finland
    CD „Riinimanda südamesalv“, Riinimanda (2014); Riinimanda choirs, conductor Urve Uusberg
    CD "Joy!: highlights from the world-famous children's choir", Ondine (2002); Tapiola Choir, conductor Kari Ala-Pöllänen (only parts 1, 4, 9, 11, 12, 14)
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Granparents' Chest of Tunes [Vanavanemate viisivakk]
    children´s oratorium
    1. Pussycat on a Tree Stump, I (Valter Anderson, Karl-Eduard Sööt)
    2. Children, Come Indoors! (Eduard Ludvig Wõhrmann)
    3. Let’s File Off, Boys! (Ernst Enno)
    4. Left, Right
    5. Shrovetide (Peeter Jakobson)
    6. On a Hobby Horse (Voldemar Tamman)
    7. Spring Festival
    8. Sheperd’s Morning Song (Friedrich Kuhlbars)
    9. The Sound of the Horn (Johann Voldemar Jannsen)
    10. Herdboy (Jakob Hurt)
    11. Pit-a-pat, Little One! (Ernst Enno)
    12. A Spinning Song (Jakob Tamm)
    13. Fair Tiiu, Maiden of the Farm
    14. Oh I Am a Little Lad
    15. Kalevipoeg’s Song ("Kalevipoeg", III) ; Pussycat on a Tree Stump, II (Valter Anderson, Karl-Eduard Sööt)
    16. Up We Go, Dear Brothers
    17. Sail On, Roll On, Little Boat (Martin Körber)
    18. The Lake Glitters in the Evening Glow (Anna Haava)
    19. An Evening Song (Friedrich Kuhlbars, Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck´s melody)
    20. Does the Little Bird Worry? (W. K. H. Nylander)
    21. In Spring (Karl August Hermann, Paul Tekkel)
    22. Tew, Tew, Tiny Tit
    23. The Swallow and the Lark
    24. Cuckoo, Cuckoo!
    25. The Cuckoo is Singing
    26. The Crow is Pankster
    27. Tsa-tsa, Ra-ra
    28. Uppity-Uppity-Up (Ado Piirikivi)
    29. My Little Buckie ; Pussycat on a Tree Stump, III (vocalise)
    Coda. Ellerhein Choir’s Themesong (Heino Kaljuste, Friedrich Saebelmann´s melody motif)

    1986
    children's choir, 2 recorders (ad lib)
    Text: folklore, Estonian national epic "Kalevipoeg" III, various authors
    CD "Oma armsa sõbraga", Tallinna Huvikeskus Kullo (2017); Toddlers' and Children's Choirs of the Choir Studio Ellerhein, conductors Mallika Veeperv and Anneli Mäeots (only parts 1, 4, 5, 12, 17, 20 and 26)
    CD "Estonian TV Children's Choir", Lasteekraani Muusikastuudio (2009); Estonian Television Children's Choir, conductor Lii Leitmaa (only A Shrovetide Song and The Crow Is the Prankster)
    CD "Tõsi ta on", Lasteekraani Muusikastuudio (2001); Music Studio of Estonian Television Children's Programs (only parts 4, 5, 13, 27, 30)
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • School Music from Estonian Folk Songs and Instrumental Pieces [Koolimuusika eesti rahvalauludest ja pillilugudest]
    I Sheperd' Stories
    1. Herdboy Call (North Estonia)
    2. Eat, Herd (Kuusalu)
    3. Rain and the Sheperd (Rõngu)
    4. A Story of Beautiful Weather
    5. A Story of Rainy Weather
    6. When the Herd is Missing
    7. Fairy Tale
    8. Sheperd's Dance Piece
    9. Sun, Go Down! (Kodavere)
    10. Mother Awaits the Return Home (Hargla)
    11. Call for the Cattle to Come Home (Rõuge)

    II Harvest Songs
    1. Be Finished, Field! (Ambla)
    2. Good Harvest (Kadrina)
    3. The Biography of Flax (Paistu)
    4. The Field is Left for the Birds to Eat (Helme)
    5. Famous Haystack Maker (Pilistvere)
    6. Gatherer of the Gleanings (Peetri)
    7. End of the Harvest (Otepää)

    III Holiday Songs
    1. Shrovetide Song (Kuusalu)
    2. St. John's Day Song (Setu)
    3. Martinmas Song I (Rannu)
    4. Martinmas Song II (Karuse)
    5. Martinmas Song III (Varbla)
    6. St. Chaterine's Day Song I (Setu)
    7. St. Chaterine's Day Song II (Kolga-Jaani)
    8. Christmas Song (Paistu)

    IV Game Songs (game descriptions made by Ruth Mirov)
    1. Lamb Game (Suure-Jaani)
    2. Hawk Game (Paistu)
    3. Needle Game (Kuusalu)
    4. Boat Game (Karuse)
    5. Puppet Game (Paistu)
    6. Horse Game (Sangaste)
    7. King's Game (Harju-Jaani)
    8. Gateway Game (Karula)
    9. Goose Game (Kuusalu)

    V Swing Songs
    1. Trying the Swing (Karja)
    2. The Swing is on a Bad Place (Paistu)
    3. What is Seen from the Swing (Peetri)
    4. Gold Wearing Out (Jõelähtme)
    5. Flea on the Swing (Jõhvi)
    VI Humerous Stories
    1. From Sõmera to Sõrmiku (Haljala)
    2. Mous Rides into the Forest (Sangaste)
    3. Goat's Horns (Pilistvere)
    4. Cat's Praise (Simuna)
    5. Rat's Wedding (Haljala)
    6. Marvellous Story (Koeru)
    7. Warbling Little Bird (Kuusalu)
    8. Nanny Goat Doesn't Go Home (Kuusalu)

    VII Dance Stories (dance movements described by Kristjan Torop)
    1. Tail Dance (Kuusalu)
    2. Slave Dance (Karksi)
    3. Wizzard's Threshing Barn (Muhu)
    4. Mustjala Procession of Pairs (Mustjala)
    5. Kerchief Dance (Kuusalu)
    6. Dance from Kassari (Kuusalu)
    7. Jumping Dance (Setu)
    8. Oat's Jaan (Rannu)

    1977
    precentors, children's choir, recorders, percussion, strings, piano
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ülo Tedre, Ruth Mirov
    Manuscript
  • Ten Estonian Folk Songs for Children [Kümme eesti rahvalaulu lastele]
    1. Ride, Ride There
    2. Titmouse
    3. Cat's Song
    4. Iirde, piirde
    5. Nanny Goat to the Pasture
    6. Put on Trousers
    7. Swing Song
    8. Cuckoo Calls to the Sheperd
    9. The Birds at Work
    10. The Village Says to Me
    1975
    children's choir, school orchestra: soprano recorder, alto recorder, tenor recorder, bass recorder, soprano glockenspiel, alto glockenspiel, soprano xylophone, alto xylophone, soprano metallophone, alto metallophone, wooden drum, claves, cowbell, triangle, campanelli, Orff metallophone, cymbals, bass drum
    Text: folklore
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript

Works for toddlers’ choir and instrument(s)

  • Five Songs for Toddlers [Viis laulu mudilastele]
    1. Sewing Machine (Manivald Kesamaa)
    2. Tractor (Paul-Eerik Rummo)
    3. Car (Paul-Eerik Rummo)
    4. Crane (Lea Tormis)
    5. Rocket (Heljo Mänd)
    1961
    toddler's choir, piano
    Text: Manivald Kasemaa, Paul-Eerik Rummo, Lea Tormis, Heljo Mänd
    Manuscript

Works for girls' choir and instrument(s)

  • Forging the Sampo (Sampo cuditor)
    1997/2003
    8'
    female choir or male choir or girls choir, log drums, anvil
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala" X: 259–310, 391–422, 433–438 (in Latin, translated by Tuomo Pekkanen)
    Fp: Margus Vaht and Vambola Krigul (percussions), Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots; November, 20, 2004, Estonian Concert Hall, Tallinn (first performance of male choir)
    Commissioned by: Mädchenchor Hannover
    CD "Concert for a new Millennium: Mädchen Chor Hannover auf der EXPO 2000", Gutingi (2001); Hannover Girls' Choir, conductor Gudrun Schröfel
    CD "Estonian patterns", Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (2005); Tartu University Academic Female Choir, conductor Vaike Uibopuu
    CD "Works for men's voices", Toccata Classics (2007); Svanholm Singers, conductor Sofia Söderberg Eberhard
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript

Works for joint choir or multiple choirs and instrument(s)

  • Prologue for Song Celebration in 1980
    1978
    joint choir, trumpet, trombone, 2 horns
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ülo Tedre
    Manuscript

Works for voice(s) and orchestra

  • Childhood Memory [Helletused]
    version of the piece of the same title written in 1982
    1995
    9'
    soprano, string orchestra
    Text: folklore, herding calls (in Estonian)

Works for voice(s) and piano

  • Three Revolutionary Songs [Kolm revolutsiooni laulu]
    version of the piece of the same title written in 1995
    1. The Day Ending on the Boundless Steppe (A. Tolstoi)
    2. Listen! (melody by P. Sokalski; text by I. Holz-Müller)
    3. People's March (A. Otto)
    1995
    tenor, baritone , piano
    Text: A. Tolstoi, I. Holz-Müller, A. Otto, arranged by Veljo Tormis
  • Väinämöinen's Words of Wisdom [Väinämöise tarkussõnad (Väinämöisen sanoja)]
    1984
    bass, piano
    Text: "Kanteletar" I: 90 (in Finnish)
    Manuscript
  • Roses for Aurora Semper [Roosid Aurora Semperile]
    Dedicated to Aurora Semper, for her 80th birthday
    1979
    voice, piano
    Text: Johannes Semper
    Manuscript
  • Two Livonian Joking Songs [Kaks liivi naljalaulu]
    1. Bells are Sounding
    2. Tor-looram
    1975
    4'
    baritone, piano
    Text: folklore, arranged by Mati Hint (in Livonian)
    Manuscript
  • Two Estonian Runic Songs [Kaks eesti runolaulu]
    1. How I Recognize My Home (1974)
    2. Lost Geese (1973)

    1974
    2 female voices, piano
    Text: folklore, arranged by Jaan Kaplinski
    Fp: March, 1975, Composers' Union House
    CD "Litany to thunder – Veljo Tormis", ECM Records (1999); Eve Härma, Kadri Ratt, Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann (piano)
    CD "Star bride – Veljo Tormis", Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (2000); The Ensemble of Tartu University Academic Female Choir, onductor Vilve Maide
    CD "Lend", Tartu Noortekoor (2018); Tartu Youth Choir, conductor Riho Leppoja (only "How I Recognize My Home")
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Dirty Woman [Must naine]
    From the cycle "Four Estonian Narrative Folk Songs"
    1970
    tenor, piano
    Text: folklore (Muhu)
  • Four Estonian Narrative Folk Song [Neli eesti jutustavat rahvalaulu]
    1. Suitors from the Sea (Kuusalu)
    2. Overseen and Peasant (Harju-Jaani)
    3. Dirty Woman (Muhu)
    4. The Great Ox (Kadrina)
    1970
    male voices, piano
    Text: folklore
    Distributer: Available in EMIC Music Shop
    Manuscript
  • Six Estonian Narrative Folk Songs [Kuus eesti jutustavat rahvalaulu]
    1. The Great Oak (Järva-Jaani)
    2. Vanished Herd (Kihnu)
    3. Daughters Become Birds (Rõuge)
    4. Kiss Me Now (Kolga-Jaani)
    5. At Mother's Grave (Torma)
    6. Shipwreck (Pöide)
    1969
    for female voice(s), piano
    Text: folklore
    Fp: Liis Bender, Katrin Kumpan, Veljo Tormis (piano), March, 30, 1970, Tartu
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Distributer: 1972 edition available in EMIC Music Shop
    Manuscript
  • Ten Haikus [Kümme haikut]
    Cycle of miniatures (no individual titles)
    1966
    voice, piano
    Text: Jaan Kaplinski
    CD "Kodukotus = Songs of Estonia", EOS (1988); Anne Reissar (soprano), Colleen Rae-Gerrard (piano)
    Manuscript
  • Little Bunch of Stars [Kimbuke tähti]
    Three miniatures
    1. I Present You With a Bouquet
    2. Every Star
    3. The Big Dipper
    1963
    voice, piano
    Text: Aleksander Suuman
    Manuscript
  • Three Flowers [Kolm lille]
    miniatures
    1. Globe-flower (Trollius europaeus)
    2. Primrose (Primula farinosa)
    3. Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis)
    1960
    voice, piano
    Text: Juhan Liiv
    CD "Estonian singer Jenny Siimon", Eesti Raadio (2005); Jenny Siimon, Elsa Avesson (piano)
    Manuscript
  • Melancholy Moments [Nukrad viivud]
    four romances
    1. Spring Sun, Don’t Set Yet
    2. Autumn Song
    3. No Roses Have Bloomed for Me
    4. Love

    1958
    soprano, piano
    Text: Minni Nurme
    CD "Kodukotus = Songs of Estonia", EOS (1988); Anne Reissar (soprano), Colleen Rae-Gerrard (piano) (only parts 1 and 2)
    CD "Unustamatu Paula Padrik, sopran: aariaid ooperitest, kammer- ja operetilaule", Padrik (2002); Paula Padrik, Therese Raide (piano) (only part 1)
    Manuscript
  • Four Fragments (The Seasons) [Neli kildu (Aastaajad)]
    miniatures
    1. Spring
    2. Summer
    3. Autumn
    4. Winter
    1955
    voice, piano
    Text: Juhan Liiv
    Manuscript
  • Laulasmaa Beach [Laulasmaa rand]
    1955
    voice, piano
    Text: Paul-Eerik Rummo
    Manuscript
  • Student´s Song [Üliõpilaste laul]
    Farewell, My Friend!
    1953
    voice, piano
    Text: Vladimir Beekman, Lea Rummo
    Manuscript
  • We Will Protect You, Homeland [Kaitseme Sind, kodumaa]
    1953
    voice, piano
    Text: Juhan Saar
    Manuscript
  • Waiting [Oodates]
    romance
    1952
    soprano, piano
    Text: Lea Tormis
    Manuscript
  • On Ice-skating Road [Uisuteel]
    1950/1951
    voice, piano
    Text: Lea Tormis
    Manuscript
  • On the Way to Pirita [Pirita teel]
    1951
    soprano, piano
    Text: Vladimir Beekman
    Manuscript
  • A Letter to a Girl [Kiri tütarlapsele]
    1950
    voice, piano
    Text: Lea Rummo
    Manuscript
  • For Peace [Rahu eest]
    1950
    voice, piano
    Text: Lea Rummo
    Manuscript
  • Graduate´s Song [Koolilõpetajate laul]
    1950
    voice, piano
    Text: Lea Tormis
    Manuscript
  • Little Anne, Little Lucky One [Annekene, õnnekene]
    based on Estonian folk tune
    1950
    2'
    voice, piano
    Text: Muia Veetamm
    Manuscript
  • Our Kersti [Meie Kersti]
    1950
    voice, piano
    Text: Lea Tormis
    Manuscript
  • To You, Homeland [Sulle, Isamaa]
    1950
    voice, piano
    Text: Paul Rummo
    Manuscript
  • Grave of an Unknown Soldier [Tundmatu sõduri haud]
    1949
    voice, piano
    Text: Debora Vaarandi
    Manuscript
  • March of the Young [Noorte marss]
    1949
    voice, piano
    Text: Lea Tormis
    Manuscript
  • An Early Summer's Fairytale [Noore suve muinasjutt]
    1948
    voice, piano
    Text: Ernst Enno
    Manuscript
  • Be Ready! (Pioneer´s March) [Ole valmis! (Pioneeride marss)]
    voice, piano
    Text: Paul Rummo
    Manuscript
  • Melancholy Songs [Kurvameelsed laulud]
    1. The Singer's Childhood (folk song from Kanepi)
    2. Orphan's Lament (folk song from Kanepi)
    3. Time of Beauty (folk song from Karksi)

    voice, piano
    Text: folklore, edited by Ruth Mirov and Olli Kõiva
    Manuscript
  • Sailing Athlete´s Song [Purjesportlaste laul]
    voice, piano
    Text: Lea Tormis
    Manuscript
  • Song of the Turkish War [Türgi sõja laul]
    voice, piano
    Text: folklore
    Manuscript
  • The Singer [Laulik]
    from epic cantata "The Son of Kalev" (1st part)
    tenor, piano
    Text: from Estonian national epic "Kalevipoeg"
    Manuscript
  • The Smiths of Peace [Rahusepad]
    arrangement based on Estonian folk tune
    2 voices, piano
    Text: Mai-Liis Alamaa
    Manuscript

Works for voice(s) and other instrument(s)

  • Ten Haikus [Kümme haikut]
    Cycle of miniatures (no individual titles). Kristi Mühling's setting of the piece of the same title written in 1966
    2007
    voice, kannel
    Text: Jaan Kaplinski
    Fp: Iris Oja (mezzo soprano), Kristi Mühling (kannel); February, 17, 2007, Tallinn Down Hall
  • Ten Haikus [Kümme haikut]
    Cycle of miniatures (no individual titles). Heiki Mätlik's setting of the piece of the same title written in 1966
    2002
    voice, guitar
    Text: Jaan Kaplinski
    Fp: Kaia Urb (soprano), Heiki Mätlik (guitar); April, 6, 2002, Estonian Music Days Festival
  • Melancholy Songs [Kurvameelsed laulud]
    Originally for mezzo soprano and wind quintet, arrangement for string quintet made by Viljar Puu-Weimann
    1. The Singer's Childhood (folk song from Põlva county)
    2. Maiden's Sorrow (folk song from Karksi)
    3. Orphan's Lament (folk song from Kanepi)

    1990/1995
    mezzo soprano, string quintet
    Text: folklore, edited by Ruth Mirov and Olli Kõiva
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • Melancholy Songs [Kurvameelsed laulud]
    Written on the occasion of Neeme Järvi leaving Estonia in 1979
    1. The Singer's Childhood (folk song from Põlva county)
    2. Maiden's Sorrow (folk song from Karksi)
    3. Orphan's Lament (folk song from Kanepi)

    1979
    mezzo soprano, wind quintet
    Text: folklore, edited by Ruth Mirov and Olli Kõiva
    Fp: Leili Tammel (mezzo soprano), Jaan Tamm Wind Quintet; October, 18, 1980, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD "Light – Allegri, Pärt, Tormis", CCn'C Records (2001); Kadri Hunt, Absolute Ensemble, conductor Kristjan Järvi
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript

Works for choir a cappella

  • Orphans in the Forest [Vaeslapsed laanes]
    1972/1991
    boys' choir and male choir
    Text: folklore
    Publisher: Carus-Verlag
  • Three Italian Folk Songs (Tre canti populare trentinti)
    based on Italian folk melodies
    1. E sù, e sù, e sù (Those Mountins Are Directly Ahead)
    2. Varda la (Look, See!)
    3. Santa Lucia
    1990
    4'
    male choir (part 1), mixed choir (part 2), children's choir (part 3)
    Text: traditional (in Italian)
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Ode to Ernesaks [Ood Ernesaksale]
    1958
    choir
    Text: Paul Rummo
    Manuscript

Works for mixed choir a cappella

  • Song of a Level Land [Tasase maa laul]
    1964/2010
    3'
    mixed choir
    Text: Paul-Eerik Rummo
    Fp: mixed choir Noorus, conductor Raul Talmar; September 3, 2010, Agder Teater, Kristiansand, Norway, Punkt Festival
    FpEst: mixed choir Noorus, conductor Raul Talmar, April 20, 2011, Tallinn Blackheads House, Estonia, guest concert of the Punkt Festival in the framework of the Jazzkaar Festival
    Publisher: Eres Edition
    Manuscript
  • We Are Given [Meile antakse]
    English language version of the work of the same name
    1984/2010
    2'
    female choir or male choir or mixed choir or joint choir
    Text: Juhan Viiding (in English, translated by Dave Murphy and Jaak Johanson)
    Fp: *Mixed choir Noorus, conductor Raul Talmar; September 3, 2010, Agder Teater, Kristiansand, Norway, Punkt Festival.
    *Festival joint choir (Canzonetta Katwijk, Capella Vocale, Kamerkoor Kwintessens, Klein Leids Liederen Koor, Leiden English Choir, Leids Kamerkoor, Mrs. Darcy, Vieux Bleu), November 5, 2010, Leiden, Holland, festival "Leiding zingt...Tormis".
    *Festival joint choir (Estrivo Chamber Choir, IJlandenkoor, Leiden English Choir, Pur Sang Chamber Choir, Womens Choir Cantiamo, 2nd year Choir of the Conservatory in Amsterdam, Audite Nova Chamber Choir, Apeldoorn Vocal Ensemble, Vocoza Chamber Choir), conductor Hebe de Champeaux, November 6, 2010, Amsterdam's Boomkerk, Holland, Tormis Choir Festival
    FpEst: mixed choir Noorus, conductor Raul Talmar, April 20, 2011, Tallinn Blackheads House, Estonia, guest concert of the Punkt Festival in the framework of the Jazzkaar Festival
    Publisher: SP Muusika
  • Bulgarian Triptych [Bulgaaria triptühhon]
    1. Summer
    2. Wheel
    1978/2004
    10'
    soprano, mixed choir
    Text: Elisaveta Bagrjana (in Bulgarian)
    Fp: Estonian Radio Mixed Choir, conductor Ants Üleoja; October, 18, 1980
    CD „Estonian Female Song Society 20”, Eesti Naislaulu Selts (2014); Female Choir of Estonian Choral Conductors, condutor Ants Sööt (only "Summer")
    CD "Estonian TV Youth Choir", Lasteekraani Muusikastuudio (2009); Estonian Television Youth Choir, conductor Külli Kiivet (only "Summer")
    CD "Visions beyond Estonia / Veljo Tormis", Alba (2007); Estonian National Male Choir, conducted by Ants Soots
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
  • Reflections with Hando Runnel [Mõtisklusi Hando Runneliga]
    Written for the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
    1. A Very Ancient People
    2. Could Any Consolation Be Found?
    3. We Have No Mecca
    4. Another Seven Hundred Years

    1981/2002
    mixed choir
    Text: Hando Runnel
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • The Singer's Closing Words (Laulajan loppusanat)
    to conclude composing work
    2000/2002
    mixed choir
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala" 50: 513-34, 537-38, 583-600, 611-618 (in Finnish)
    Fp: December 9, 2000, Espoo (Finland) Choral Festival
    FpEst: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; April 12, 2007, Estonia Concert Hall, Estonian Music Days Festival
    CD "Veljo Tormis. On American Shores", Clarion (2007); Portland State University Chamber Choir, conductor Bruce Browne
    Publisher: SP Muusika
    Manuscript
  • Two Songs to Words by Ernst Enno [Kaks laulu Ernst Enno sõnadele]
    1. An Early Summer's Fairytale (dedicated to Ly)
    2. Soundlessly Somewhere Murmurings Homeward (dedicated to Lea)
    1948/1997/1998
    mixed choir
    Text: Ernst Enno
    CD "Heaps of songs", Carus (2000); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Musikgalerie Spezial 13.10.2003. CD 1/2: Land der Chöre / Arvo Pärt und andere", ORF (2003); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Veljo Tormis. On American Shores", Clarion (2007); Portland State University Chamber Choir, dirigent Bruce Browne
    CD "Tormis: Choral Works", Hyperion (2008); chamber choir Holst Singers, conductor Stephen Layton
    CD "Avarsinise taeva ja laulude tund", Vanalinna Segakoor, H.-M. Arder (2009); Helin-Mari Arder Trio, Old Town Mixed Choir, conductor Lauri Aav
    CD „Album“, MTÜ Kultuurituur (2016); The Mixed Choir of the European Capital of Culture, conductor Veronika Portsmuth
    CD "Lend", Tartu Noortekoor (2018); Tartu Youth Choir, conductor Markus Leppoja
    Publisher: Carus-Verlag
    Manuscript
  • Cocks and Hens [Kuked-kanad]
    Dedicated to Oonurme mixed chorus
    1997
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore (Tudulinna)
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • When I Was… [Kui mina alles…]
    1997
    mixed choir
    Text: Märt Moon
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • Christmas is Coming [Jõulud tulevad]
    dedicated to Tallinn Technical University Academic Male Choir
    1996
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore (Paistu)
  • Forget-me-not [Meelespea]
    In memoriam Gustav Ernesaks. Written for the 22nd Estonian Song Festival (125th anniversary year), 1994
    1993/1996
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore
    CD "Vision of Estonia. II – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Home Songs [Kodulaulud]
    Dedicated to Venno Laul
    1. Do You Feel It: the Ground is Shaking
    2. This Land Awaits Us
    3. There is Our Home
    1988/1996
    6'
    mixed choir
    Text: Gustav Suits
    CD "Liugleb üks lind", Estonia Seltsi Segakoor (2003); Mixed Choir of Estonia Society, conductor Heli Jürgenson
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • Sinikka's Song (Sinikan laulu)
    dedicated to Sakari Puurunen
    1991/1996
    6'
    soprano, mixed choir
    Text: Eino Leino (in Finnish)
    Fp: Mixed Choir of Estonian Society, conductor Heli Jürgenson; April, 22, 1998, House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads, Tallinn
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • A Viru Tale [Viru lugu]
    based on Estonian folk song (Jõhvi)
    1995
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ruth Mirov
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • 17 Estonian Wedding Songs [17 eesti pulmalaulu]
    based on Estonian folk tunes
    1. Waiting for the Wedding (Setu)
    2. When Will We Arrive There? (Tõstamaa)
    3. Calling for the Bride (Põltsamaa)
    4. Eat, My In-laws! (Lihula)
    5. Home Weeps for the Bride (Paistu)
    6. The Bride Weeps for Home (Kolga-Jaani)
    7. Wedding Ride/The Wedding Guest´s Cry (Rõngu)
    8. Arriving at the Bridegroom's Home (Kuusalu)
    9. Does Your Daughter-in-law Measure Up? (Häädemeeste)
    10. Don't Hit the New Bride! (Tarvastu)
    11. Teaching the Newlywed Diligence (Kuusalu)
    12. Deceitful bridegroom (Karuse)
    13. Many Gifts from the Bride (Pärnu)
    14. Collection Piggin (Kodavere)
    15. Song of Thanks for the Money Collection (Hargla)
    16. Many Words (Hargla)
    17. It's Time to Go Home (Varbla)
    1988/1993
    20'
    mixed choir or school mixed choir
    Text: folklore
    CD "Review of the Estonian Choral Music", Estonian Choral Association, Estonian Public Broadcast (2011); Estonian Youth Mixed Choir, conductor Taavi Esko (only "Eat, mu in-laws!" and "Many gifts from the bride")
    CD "Bridge of song: works for mixed choir a cappella / Balto-Finnic folk songs", Finlandia (1995); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    CD "Choral works - Veljo Tormis", Warner Classics: Apex (2003); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Once We Will Reapper [Kord me tuleme tagasi]
    Our Shadows
    arrangement after a piece for male choir with the same title
    1993
    mixed choir
    Text: Jaan Kaplinski
    Publisher: edition 49
    Manuscript
  • Eight Revolutionary Songs [Kaheksa revolutsioonilist laulu]
    arranged after publication "Popular Songbook" I (1952)
    1. Marseillaise
    2. Bravely, Brothers, Now to Work
    3. Red Flag
    4. Warsawyanka
    5. Now Bravely Into Battle (in Russian)
    6. The Young Guards (text by Aleksandr Bezõmenski)
    7. You Who Are Troubled (Lenin´s favorite song, translated by Hardi Tiidus)
    8. Funeral March

    1985/1992
    20'
    mixed choir
    Fp: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; January 25, 1986, Tallinn
    Commissioned by: Tõnu Kaljuste for the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
    Manuscript
  • Fanfare for Republic of Estonia´s 75. anniversary
    based on Estonian folk melody
    1992
    mixed choir
    Manuscript
  • Nine Estonian Harvest Songs [Üheksa eesti lõikuslaulu]
    based on Estonian folk tunes
    1. End, End, Little Field (Ambla)
    2. The Bad Sickle (Kadrina)
    3. The Good Crop (Kadrina)
    4. The Gleaner (Peetri)
    5. Fields for the Herd (Kolga-Jaani)
    6. Let's Start a New Swath! (Paistu)
    7. The Stack Maker (Pilistvere)
    8. End of the Harvest (Otepää)
    9. Leaving at Nightfall (Saarde)
    1987/1992
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore
    CD "Heaps of songs", Carus (2000); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    Publisher: Carus-Verlag
    Manuscript
  • At the Crossroads (Na rasputye)
    written for the 125th Anniversary of the Moscow Conservatory
    1991
    8'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore, excerpt from a Russian bïlina (in Russian)
    CD "Contemporary Sacred Music from Estonia", Troubadisc (2007); Orthodox Singers, conductor Valery Petrov
    Manuscript
  • Folk Dance from Kolga [Kolga karap]
    1988/1991
    2'
    mixed choir
    Text: Tõnu Lindvet, Veljo Tormis
    Manuscript
  • Rumours Are Flying [Küla kuuleb]
    1973/1991
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore, arranged Ülo Tedre
    Fp: Estonian TV and Radio Mixed Choir, conductor Ants Üleoja; February, 5, 1974
    CD "Sing a song", Eesti Raadio (1999); Estonian Boys' Choir, conductor Venno Laul
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • The Bride's Farewell [Mõrsja hüvastijätt]
    1990
    6'
    mixed choir
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala" XXII & XXIV, arranged by Lea Tormis (in Finnish), translated to Latin by Tuomo Pekkanen
    Fp: Tallinn Chamber Choir, conductor Kuno Areng; July, 20, 1991, S. Vincente, Vitoria, Spain
    Commissioned by: For Europa Cantat 11
    CD "Bridge of song: works for mixed choir a cappella / Balto-Finnic folk songs", Finlandia (1995); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    CD "Choral works - Veljo Tormis", Warner Classics: Apex (2003); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Two Estonian Folk Songs
    For the 150th anniversary of the Põltsamaa mixed choir "Heli"
    1. Äia-tuia (Lullaby)
    2. Äm-piu-piu pilli (Flatfooted Waltz)
    1990
    3'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Four Estonian Lullabies
    based on Estonian folk tunes
    1. I Sing to My Child (Kuusalu parish)
    2. It's Time for the Berry to Sleep (Räpina parish)
    3. Let the Cradle Swing (Kuusalu parish)
    4. Lulling (Muhu parish)
    1989
    5'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore
    CD "Bridge of song: works for mixed choir a cappella / Balto-Finnic folk songs", Finlandia (1995); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    CD "Choral works - Veljo Tormis", Warner Classics: Apex (2003); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    CD "Tormis: Choral Works", Hyperion (2008); chamber choir Holst Singers, conductor Stephen Layton
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • My Brother, Like a Proud Tree [Minu veli virvipuu]
    With greetings to the "Greens"
    1989
    2'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Six Estonian Children's Songs
    based on Estonian folk tunes
    1. The Ride to Aunt's Place (Rõngu)
    2. To the Herd, Goat! (Kursi)
    3. Titmouse (Halliste)
    4. The Mouse Rides into the Forest (Sangaste)
    5. Cat's Song (Rannu)
    6. The Dog Goes Herding (Tori)

    1989
    7'
    mixed choir (school mixed choir)
    Text: folklore
    CD "Heaps of songs", Carus (2000); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    Publisher: Carus-Verlag
    Manuscript
  • Estonian Evening Prayer [Eesti õhtupalve]
    1988
    2'
    mixed choir
    Text: Hando Runnel
    Manuscript
  • Leaving Vigala [Lahkumine Vigalast]
    Estonian folk tune
    1988
    3'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore
    Manuscript
  • 1987
    4'
    mixed choir (large and small)
    Text: Finnish national epic, Elias Lönnrot, translated into Latin by Tuomo Pekkanen
    Fp: Europa Cantat 10 in Pécs 1988 (Hungary)
    Commissioned by: Willi Gohl for Europa Cantat 10 in Pécs (Hungary)
    CD "Sing a song", Eesti Raadio (1999); Estonian Boys' Choir, conductor Venno Laul
    Distributer:
    Manuscript
  • Virumaa and Pandivere [Virumaa ja Pandivere]
    1987
    mixed choir
    Text: Hando Runnel
    Manuscript
  • Karelian Destiny (Karjalan kohtalo) [Karjala saatus (Karjalan kohtalo)]
    a series of Karelian folk songs, VI part of "Forgotten Peoples"
    1. The Weeping Maiden (Itkevä neito) (1986)
    2. The Suitors fork the Sea (Meren kosijat) (1986)
    3. As the Serf in Viru (Orjana Virossa) (1987)
    4. Oak-feller (Tammen kaataja) (1987)
    5. Lullaby (Kehtolaulu) (1989)
    1986–1989
    25'
    2 tenors, alto, mixed choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ülo Tedre, Jaan Õispuu, Kari Laukkanen (in Karelia)
    CD “Forgotten People”, Collegium Musicale (2014); Chamber Choir Collegium Musicale, conductor Endrik Üksvärav, Teele Pärn, Arno Jürjens (readers)
    CD "Forgotten peoples – Veljo Tormis", ECM Records (1992); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "7 Magnificat-Antiphonen – Arvo Pärt", Lambourne (1996); BBC Singers, conductor Bo Holten
    CD "Unohdetut kansat: osia kuorosarjasta", Classica (2000); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Lembitu Said [Ütles Lembitu]
    for the 100th anniversary birth of Friedebert Tuglas
    1. Andante
    2. Allegro noderato
    3. Andante con moto

    1985
    9'
    recitor, mixed choir
    Text: Friedebert Tuglas
    Fp: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; February 28, 1986, Estonia Concert Hall. Fist performance of male choir version: State Academic Male Choir; March, 13, 1986, Moscow Hall of Columns
    Manuscript
  • Nostalgia [Nostalgia]
    eight favorite Estonian songs
    1. Our Childhood Village Lane (Lydia Koidula)
    2. When I was Still Young (Märt Mohn)
    3. On Your Way, Dear Storks (Friedrich Kuhlbars)
    4. Once, sitting Deep in Thought (Karl Ruut)
    5. My Quiet, Lovely Home (Martin Körber)
    6. Mats Is Always a Resolute Man (Ado Reinvald)
    7. Gentle Nigthingale (Gustav Wulff-Õis)
    8. Children, Come Indoors! (Eduard Wöhrmann)
    1985
    16'
    mixed choir
    Text: various authors
    Fp: January 25, 1986, Tallinn
    CD „Album“, MTÜ Kultuurituur (2016); The Mixed Choir of the European Capital of Culture, conductor Veronika Portsmuth (only parts 1-5)
    CD "Kaunimad laulud", Forte (1994); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste (only parts 2, 3, 5, 6)
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Step Out Front! [Astuge ette!]
    1984/1985
    4'
    female choir or male choir or mixed choir
    Text: Lydia Koidula
    Commissioned by: Vaike Uibopuu for Tartu State University's Female Choir
    CD "Rahvusooper Estonia Poistekoor 35. aastapäeva kontsert Tallinna Metodisti Kirikus 27.01.2007", Rahvusooper Estonia (2007); Estonian National Opera Boys' Choir, conductor Hirvo Surva
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Work Hard! [Jõudu tööle!]
    1985
    7'
    mixed choir
    Text: Juhan Viiding
    Fp: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; January 25, 1986, Tallinn
    Manuscript
  • Lost Geese [Haned kadunud]
    arrangement of 2nd part of the cycle "Two Estonian Runic Songs"
    1984
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Jaan Kaplinski
    Manuscript
  • Songs, Do Not Fade Away! (Lõlõd, algid kistõgid)
    1984
    mixed choir
    Text: Pētõr Damberg (in Livonian)
    Manuscript
  • We Are Given [Meile antakse]
    1984
    2'
    female choir or male choir or mixed choir or joint choir
    Text: Juhan Viiding (in Estonian)
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Manuscript
  • Double Dedication [Diptych] [Kaksikpühendus [Diptühhon]]
    dedicated for the 100th birth anniversaries of Marie Under and Gustav Suits
    1. There's One Song I Want to Sing (Gustav Suits)
    2. Stars (Marie Under)

    1983
    mixed choir
    Text: Gustav Suits, Marie Under
    Manuscript
  • Singing Aboard Ship [Laevas lauldakse (Laivassa lauletaan)]
    1983
    5'
    alto, mixed choir
    Text: folklore (in Finnish)
    CD "Litany to thunder – Veljo Tormis", ECM Records (1999); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Choral works - Veljo Tormis", Warner Classics: Apex (2003); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    CD "Forgotten peoples - Veljo Tormis", Atma Classique (2006); Musica Intima
    CD "Tormis: Choral Works", Hyperion (2008); chamber choir Holst Singers, conductor Stephen Layton
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Three Songs by Hilda Cerbach-Grīva [Kolm Hilda Cerbach-Grīva laulu]
    Written for Livonian choir
    1. Fishermen's Song
    2. On the Sea (Karl Stalte) (1974)
    3. Lullaby (Pētõr Damberg)
    1983
    3'
    mixed choir
    Text: Karl Stalte, Pētõr Damberg (in Livonian)
    Manuscript
  • Vepsian Paths [Vepsa rajad]
    a series of Vepsian folk songs, V part of cycle "Forgotten Peoples".
    1. My Sister, My Little Cricket
    2. The Maid Striving to the Boat
    3. The Heavenly Suitors
    4. I Went to Kikoila
    5. Cuckoo and Cuckoo
    6. I Went for Water
    7. Pussy-cat
    8. To Sing You a Little Song
    9. Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
    10. What Are They Doing?
    11. The Ox Climbed a Fir Tree
    12. Forced to Get Married
    13. Lulling
    14. The Only Son
    15. Herdsboy Tootling
    1983
    20'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Marje Joalaid (in Vepsian)
    Fp: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; November, 1983, Tallinn
    CD “Forgotten People”, Collegium Musicale (2014); Chamber Choir Collegium Musicale, conductor Endrik Üksvärav, Teele Pärn, Arno Jürjens (readers)
    CD „Looda ja armasta“, Kammerkoor Solare (2012); Chamber Choir Solare, conductors Elo Üleoja and Keio Soomelt (only "Forced to Get Married")
    CD "Forgotten peoples – Veljo Tormis", ECM Records (1992); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste;
    CD "Forgotten peoples - Veljo Tormis", Atma Classique (2006); Musica Intima
    Forced to get married: CD "Läbilõige: Noorus 50", Segakoor Noorus (2009); Mixed Choir Noorus, conductor Raul Talmar
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Childhood Memories (Herding Calls) [Helletused]
    In memory of my sister
    1982
    soprano, mixed choir
    Text: folklore
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Five Estonian Folk Dances [Viis eesti rahvatantsu]
    Dedicated to Tõnu Kaljuste, requested by The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
    1. Flatfooted Waltz
    2. Muhu Crooked Dance
    3. Old Maid
    4. Tall Anglaise
    5. Kaarajaan
    1982
    6'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore
    Commissioned by: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • Latvian Bourdon Songs (Latviešu burdona dziesmas)
    dedicated to Latvian State Academic Choir
    1. Invitation in Song
    2. Spring Song
    3. Wedding Competition Singing
    4. Mourning Song
    5. Linen Field
    6. Ligo Song
    1982
    16'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore, arranged Vilis Bendorfs (in Latvian)
    Fp: Latvian SSR State Academic Choir, conductor I. Cepītis; November, 21, 1982, Riga
    CD "Baltic voices. I", Harmonia Mundi (2002); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Paul Hillier
    CD "Eastern & Northern Europe / Europe del'est, Europe du nord", Harmonia Mundi (2004); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Paul Hillier
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Reflections with Lenin [Mõtisklusi Leniniga]
    Written on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Soviet Union in 1982
    in 6 movements
    1982
    mixed choir
    Text: Vladimir Ilych Lenin
    Manuscript
  • An Aboriginal Song [Pärismaalase lauluke]
    Dedicated to Heino Kiik
    1981
    mixed choir, shaman drum
    Text: "taboo-taboo" (entire text)
    Manuscript
  • An Estonian's Little Songs [Eestlase laulukesed]
    1. An Estonian's Life
    2. An Estonian's Grief
    3. An Estonian's Advantage
    4. An Estonian's Mind
    1981
    3'
    mixed choir
    Text: Hando Runnel
    CD "Salanaine", Segakoor Noorus (2005); Mixed Choir "Nooru", conductor Raul Talmar
    Manuscript
  • Bridge of Song [Laulusild]
    dedicated to Uolevi Lassander
    1981
    5'
    female choir or children's choir or mixed choir or male choir
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala" and traditional Estonian sources (in Finnish and Estonian)
    Fp: Ellerhein children's choir, conductor Heino Kaljuste
    Commissioned by: Erkki Pohjola for the Tapiola and Ellerhein Choirs
    CD "Keeping together – Veljo Tormis", Forte (1994); Estonian National Male Choir, dconductor Olev Oja
    CD "Bridge of song: works for mixed choir a cappella / Balto-Finnic folk songs", Finlandia (1995); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    CD "Choral works - Veljo Tormis", Warner Classics : Apex (2003); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Salanaine", Segakoor Noorus (2005); Mixed Choir "Noorus", conductor Raul Talmar
    CD "A moment", Revalia Lauluselts (2005); Chamber Male Choir "Revalia", conductor Hirvo Surva
    CD "Heliseb väljadel", Tallinna Muusikakeskkool (2009); Tallinn Music High School Youth Choir, conductor Ingrid Kõrvits
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Four Game Songs from Sangaste [Neli Sangaste mängulaulu]
    Plays from Sangaste
    based on Estonian folk melodies
    1. The Horse Game
    2. The Courtship Game
    3. The Billy Goat Game
    4. The City Game
    1981
    7'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ruth Mirov
    CD"Heaps of songs", Carus (2000); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Estonian classical, folk and jazz favourites", Eesti Raadio (2005); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, dconductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    Publisher: Carus-Verlag
    Manuscript
  • Little Songs of "Stagnation Time" [Stagna-aja laulukesi]
    1981
    mixed choir
    Text: Hando Runnel
  • Loyal Little Songs [Lojaalsed laulukesed]
    1. Our Happiness Is Certain
    2. We Cannot Do Without Latvia
    3. Little Loyal Song
    1981
    4'
    mixed choir
    Text: Hando Runnel
    CD "Salanaine", Segakoor Noorus (2005); Mixed Choir Noorus, conductor Raul Talmar
    Manuscript
  • The Question Is… [stikheron] [Küsimus on… [stihhiir]]
    Dedicated to Olaf Utt (ironic dedication)
    1981
    6'
    tenor, mixed choir
    Text: Olaf Utt (a newspaper article)
    Manuscript
  • You Are Like a Secret Ladylove [Sa oled kui salanaine]
    1981
    1'
    mixed choir
    Text: Juhan Liiv
    Manuscript
  • The Viru Oath [Viru vanne]
    Dedicated to Ants Soots
    1980
    mixed choir
    Text: Hando Runnel
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Four Etudes with Juhan Viiding [Neli etüüdi Juhan Viidinguga]
    in 4 movements
    1979
    5'
    narrator, 3 sopranos, alto, mixed choir
    Text: Juhan Viiding
    Fp: Ellerhein Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; July 28, 1979, meeting of the Nature Protecting Society in Tihemetsa
    Manuscript
  • Ingrian Evenings (Inkerin Illat)
    a series of Ingrian folk songs, IV part of "Forgotten Peoples"
    1. Röntyshkä (A Dance Song) I
    2. Röntyshkä (A Dance Song) II
    3. Röntyshkä (A Dance Song) III
    4. Chastushka (Swing Song) I
    5. Chastushka (Swing Song) II
    6. Circle Game Song
    7. Röntyshkä (Dance Song) IV
    8. Röntyshkä (Dance Song) V
    9. Ending and Going Home
    1979
    20'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ada Ambus (in Ingrian Finnish)
    Fp: Ellerhein Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; July, 28, 1979, meeting of the Nature Protection Society in Tihemetsa
    CD “Forgotten People”, Collegium Musicale (2014); Chamber Choir Collegium Musicale, conductor Endrik Üksvärav, Teele Pärn, Arno Jürjens (readers)
    CD „Looda ja armasta“, Kammerkoor Solare (2012); Chamber Choir Solare, conductors Elo Üleoja and Keio Soomelt (only Swing Song I and II)
    CD "Forgotten peoples – Veljo Tormis", ECM Records (1992); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Bridges of Song – The Chamber Singers of Haverford & Bryn Mawr Collages", Mark Custom Recording (1996); The Chamber Singers of Haverford & Bryn Mawr Collages, conductor Dr. Marian E. Dolan
    CD "Unohdetut kansat: osia kuorosarjasta", Classica (2000); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, dconductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Izhorian Epic [Isuri eepos]
    a series of Izhorian runic folk songs, III part of cycle"Forgotten Peoples".
    1. The Creation
    2. The Call of Three Cuckoos
    3. Wedding Song
    4. A Son or a Daughter
    5. The Conscription
    6. Oh, I Am a Luckless Lad
    7. My Mouth Was Singing, My Heart Was Worrying
    8. The Sword from the Sea
    9. The Spell Against the Snake-bite
    10. Undarmo and Kalervo
    1975/1979
    30'
    recitors, mixed choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Arvo Laanest (in Izhorian)
    Fp: Estonian TV and Radio Mixed Choir, conductor Ants Üleoja; November, 14, 1975
    CD “Forgotten People”, Collegium Musicale (2014); Chamber Choir Collegium Musicale, conductor Endrik Üksvärav, Teele Pärn, Arno Jürjens (readers)
    CD "Forgotten peoples – Veljo Tormis", ECM Records (1992); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Bulgarian Triptych [Bulgaaria triptühhon]
    1. Summer (female choir)
    2. Wheel (male choir)
    3. Voice of the Earth (mixed choir)

    1978
    female choir, male choir, mixed choir
    Text: Elisaveta Bagrjana, translated by Helvi Jürisson, Arvo Ratassepp and Harold Rajamets
    Manuscript
  • Dialectical Aphorisms [Dialektilisi aforisme]
    Dedicated to Noorus mixed choir
    1. Dialogue (1973)
    2. A Coat
    3. A Dog
    4. A Lone Copse of Birches
    5. An Ax and the Woods
    6. An Idyll
    7. A Man Stands Taller No Than His Hat (da capo 1.)

    1978
    mixed choir
    Text: Juhan Liiv
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • The Tower Bell in My Village [Tornikell minu külas]
    Cantata. Written for the Ellerhein Chamber Choir tour of Western Estonia and the islands, 26 VII–2 VIII 1978
    1. Adagio
    2. Allegretto
    3. Largo
    4. Allegro
    5. Adagio

    1978
    14'
    reciter, 2 sopranos, mixed choir, bell
    Text: Juhan Viiding's libretto from Fernando Pessoa's poems in Portugese (translated into Estonian by Ain Kaalep)
    Fp: Tõnis Rätsep (narrator), Ellerhein Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste; July, 26, 1978
    CD "Siin põhjataeva all", Eesti Raadio (1996); Estonian Radio Mixed Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    CD "Contemporary Sacred Music from Estonia", Troubadisc (2007); Orthodox Singers, conductor Valery Petrov
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Lahemaa Song [Lahemaa laul]
    arrangement after Estonian folk song (Kuusalu)
    1977
    4'
    joint choir or mixed choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ruth Mirov
    Fp: Academy of Sciences Male Choir and Female Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; February 25, 1978
    Manuscript
  • Three Setu Work Songs [Kolm setu töölaulu]
    1. Doing the Wash
    2. Spinning
    3. Spreading Dung
    1976
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Veera Pino
    CD "Heaps of songs", Carus (2000); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Areng", Forte (2002); Tallinn Chamber Choir, conductor Aivar Leštšinski
    CD "Musikgalerie Spezial 13.10.2003. CD 1/2: Land der Chöre - Arvo Pärt und andere", ORF (2003); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    Publisher: Carus-Verlag
    Manuscript
  • Harvest Song [Lõikuslaul]
    1975
    2'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore
    Manuscript
  • Themesong for work veteran´s mixed chorus Kungla
    1975
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore
    Manuscript
  • Heaps of Songs [Laulu palju]
    based on Estonian folk song
    1973
    7'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ülo Tedre
    Fp: Estonian TV and Radio Mixed Choir, conductor Ants Üleoja; October, 17, 1974
    CD "Heaps of songs", Carus (2000); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    Publisher: Carus-Verlag
    Manuscript
  • 13 Estonian Lyric Folk Songs [13 eesti lüürilist rahvalaulu]
    1. The Power of Song (Muhu)
    2. Looking for Singers (Setu)
    3. Songs Learned at Weddings (Kuusalu)
    4. The Bad Thresher (Väike-Maarja)
    5. Don't Hit an Orphan (Paistu)
    6. Oxen Await the Holidays (Jõhvi)
    7. Cursing the Squires (Urvaste)
    8. Worry Breaks the Spirit (Kolga-Jaani)
    9. A Serf's Wages (Kodavere)
    10. The Rowan Tree (Helme)
    11. Orphans in the Forest (Hargla); 1991 version for boys' choir and male choir
    12. Not Alone (Kolga-Jaani)
    13. The Beauty of the Evening (Audru)

    1972
    19'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore, redigated by Salme Nigol jt.
    Fp: Ellerhein alumni children's choir, conductor Heino Kaljuste; October, 27, 1973
    CD "Heaps of songs", Carus (2000); Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    Publisher: Carus-Verlag
    Manuscript
  • Love Song [Armastuslaul]
    after Estonian folk tune (Kolga-Jaani)
    1972
    mixed choir
    Text: Christian Kelch "Livonian Chronicle", 1695
    Manuscript
  • Seven Livonian Folk Songs (Seis līvõ ruovloulõ sjegakkūorõn)
    1. Waking the Birds
    2. The Herdboys' Morning
    3. The Herdboys' Day
    4. The Herdboys' Evening
    5. Shrovetide
    6. Wee Winkie Mouse
    7. Sang the Father, Sang the Son

    1972
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Herbert Tampere (in Livonian)
    Manuscript
  • Three Estonian Game Songs
    based on Estonian folk tunes
    1. Hand Mill Game (Setu)
    2. Finger Bandaging Game (Sangaste)
    3. Boat Game (Jõelähtme)
    1972
    7'
    soprano, alto, mixed choir
    Text: folklore
    Fp: Tallinn Chamber Choir, conductor Ants Üleoja; December, 27, 1972
    CD "Nüüd ep on ilus elada", ERP (2010). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Kammerkoor Arsis", Forte (1994); Chamber Choir "Arsis", conductor Aivar Mäe
    CD "Bridge of song: works for mixed choir a cappella / Balto-Finnic folk songs", Finlandia (1995); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    CD "Casting a spell... - Veljo Tormis", Virgin Classics (1996), Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Choral works - Veljo Tormis", Warner Classics: Apex (2003); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    CD "Veljo Tormis. On American Shores", Clarion (2007); Portland State University Chamber Choir, conductor Bruce Browne
    CD "Tormis: Choral Works", Hyperion (2008); chamber choir Holst Singers, conductor Stephen Layton
    CD "Heliseb väljadel", Tallinna Muusikakeskkool (2009); Tallinn Music High School Youth Choir, conductor Ingrid Kõrvits (only Handmill Round Game)
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Village Songs [Külavahelaulud]
    1. In the City of Paris-London (Karula)
    2. Once on a Sunday Evening (Pöide)
    3. When I Was Young and Played (Põlva)
    4. The Kõnnu Manor Overseer Had (Kadrina)
    5. Down in the Valley, on a Green Bench (Kihnu)
    6. Here We Are Together (Kihnu)
    1972
    22'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore
  • Votic Wedding Songs [Vadja pulmalaulud]
    II part of cycle "Forgotten Peoples"
    1. The Ritual Whisking of the Bride
    2. Arrival of the Wedding Guests
    3. Mocking Song
    4. Distributing the Dowry
    5. Instructing the Newlyweds
    6. Praising the Cook
    7. When I, Little Chick, Was Growing Up
    1971
    12'
    soprano, alto, mixed choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Tõnu Seilenthal, Elna Adler (in Votic)
    Fp: Tallinn Polytechnical Institute Chamber Choir, Tallinn Students' Mixed Choir, conductor Ants Sööt; March, 1, 1972, Tartu State University assembly hall
    CD “Forgotten People”, Collegium Musicale (2014); Chamber Choir Collegium Musicale, conductor Endrik Üksvärav, Teele Pärn, Arno Jürjens (readers)
    CD "Forgotten peoples – Veljo Tormis", ECM Records (1992); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Unohdetut kansat: osia kuorosarjasta", Classica (2000); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD “Sööt muusikasse”, Eesti Naislaulu Selts (2005); Tallinna Üliõpilassegakoor / Tallinn Students’ Mixed Choir, dirigent Ants Sööt / conductor: Ants Sööt
    Instructing the Newlyweds: CD "Läbilõige: Noorus 50", Segakoor Noorus (2009); Mixed Choir Noorus, conductor Ene Üleoja
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Livonian Heritage [Liivlaste pärandus]
    series of Livonian folk songs, I part of cycle "Forgotten Peoples"
    1. Waking the Birds
    2. In the Forest Pasture
    3. Shrovetide
    4. Wee Winkie Mouse; version for mezzo soprano, male choir in 2000
    5. Sang the Father, Sang the Son
    1970
    17'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Herbert Tampere (in Livonian)
    Fp: Estonian TV and Radio Mixed Choir, conductor Ants Üleoja; November 28, 1970
    CD “Forgotten People”, Collegium Musicale (2014); Chamber Choir Collegium Musicale, conductor Endrik Üksvärav, Teele Pärn, Arno Jürjens (readers)
    CD "Forgotten peoples – Veljo Tormis", ECM Records (1992); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Epic fields - Veljo Tormis", Forte (1995); Estonian Radio Mixed Choir, conductors Tõnu Kangron, Ants Üleoja
    CD "Tormis: Choral Works", Hyperion (2008); chamber choir Holst Singers, conductor Stephen Layton
    Manuscript
  • Three Songs from the Epic "Son of Kalev" [Kolm laulu eeposest "Kalevipoeg"]
    In the memory of Veljo Tormis´s mother
    1. Oh, My Gentle Tender Mother
    2. Daughters of the Meadow Matron
    3. The Wave Rolls
    1969
    13'
    mixed choir
    Text: Estonian national epic "Kalevipoeg": VII, XVII, III
    CD "Epic fields – Veljo Tormis", Forte (1995); Estonian Radio Mixed Choir, conductor Tõnu Kangron
    CD "Heaps of songs", Carus (2000); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Veljo Tormis. On American Shores", Clarion (2007); Portland State University Chamber Choir, dirigent Bruce Browne
    CD "Tormis: Choral Works", Hyperion (2008); chamber choir Holst Singers, conductor Stephen Layton
    Publisher: Carus-Verlag
    Manuscript
  • St. John's Day Songs [Jaanilaulud]
    V, "Estonian Calendar Songs"
    1. Call to the Midsummer Bonfire I
    2. Call to the Midsummer Bonfire II
    3. Can't be Caught by a Gun
    4. Why St. John is Awaited
    5. St. John's Steed
    6. Fire Spell
    7. St. John's Song
    1967
    14'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore
    Fp: Academy of Sciences Male Choir and Female Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; April 6, 1968 (premier of the hole cycle "Estonian Calendar Songs")
    CD "Review of the Estonian Choral Music", Estonian Choral Association, Estonian Public Broadcast (2011); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste (Jaan's Steed, Jaan's Song)
    CD "Epic fields - Veljo Tormis", Forte (1995); Estonian Radio Mixed Choir, conductor Ants Üleoja
    CD "Casting a spell... – Veljo Tormis", Virgin Classics (1996), Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Forgotten peoples - Veljo Tormis", Atma Classique (2006); Musica Intima
    CD "Veljo Tormis. On American Shores", Clarion (2007); Portland State University Chamber Choir, conductor Bruce Browne
    Manuscript
  • Autumn Landscapes [Sügismaastikud]
    V. Mihhailov´s arrangement of female choir cycle´s "Nature Pictures" 3rd part
    1. Late Summer
    2. Clouds Racing in the Sky
    3. Pale Light
    4. Crimson Leaves Falling
    5. Wind Over Wilderness
    6. Cold Autumn Night
    7. Heather
    1964
    9'
    mixed choir
    Text: Viivi Luik
    Fp: "Autumn Landscapes": Academy of Science Female choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; December, 20, 1964; premier of the hole cycle "Nature Pictures": Tallinn Educationalist's Female Choir; April, 1970
    CD „Looda ja armasta“, Kammerkoor Solare (2012); Chamber Choir Solare, conductors Elo Üleoja and Keio Soomelt (only Late Summer and Clouds Racing Across the Sky)
    CD "Review of the Estonian Choral Music", Estonian Choral Association, Estonian Public Broadcast (2011);
    Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme (Clouds Racing Across the Sky and Heather)
    CD "Nüüd ep on ilus elada", ERP (2010). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Estonian Choral Music", ERP (2009). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Tormis: Choral Works", Hyperion (2008); chamber choir Holst Singers, conductor Stephen Layton
    CD "Maailmasuurune leek", Tartu University Chamber Choir (2008); Tartu University Chamber Choir, conductor Triin Koch
    CD "Veljo Tormis. On American Shores", Clarion (2007); Portland State University Chamber Choir, dirigent Bruce Browne
    CD "Forgotten peoples - Veljo Tormis", Atma Classique (2006); Musica Intima
    CD "Scandinavian choir music", Ars Production (2005); Amadeus-Chor, conductor Nicol Matt
    CD "Arstider = Seasons: choral music a cappella", Grammofon AB BIS (1998); Allmänna Sången, conductor Cecilia Rydinger Alin
    CD "Siin põhjataeva all", Eesti Raadio (1996); Estonian Radio Mixed Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    CD "Europäische Chormusik", Valve-Hearts (1996); Westfälischer Kammerchor Münster, conductor Markus Föhrweisser
    CD "Höstlandskap – KFUMs Kammarkör Stockholm", 7393787970332 (1997); The YMCA Choir, Stockholm, conductor Ragnar Bohlin
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Songs Gliding into One [Ühte laulud laugenevad]
    Dedicated to the "Vanemuine" Society Mixed Choir on its 100th anniversary
    1964
    1'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore, edited by Ruth Mirov
    Manuscript
  • Mowing Song [Niidulaul]
    1961
    mixed choir
    Text: Ain Kaalep
    Manuscript
  • Kihnu Wedding Songs [Kihnu pulmalaulud]
    based on Estonian folk tunes
    1. You Can't Live Without Happiness
    2. Mocking the Groom
    3. Beauty Disappears from the Yard
    4. Eat, My In-laws!
    1959
    9'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Olli Kõiva
    Fp: Estonian TV and Radio Mixed Choir, conductor Artur Vahter; January, 19, 1961, studi oconcert
    CD "Bridge of song: works for mixed choir a cappella / Balto-Finnic folk songs", Finlandia (1995); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    CD "Arstider = Seasons: choral music a cappella", Grammofon AB BIS (1998); Allmänna Sången, conductor Cecilia Rydinger Alin
    CD "Choral works / Veljo Tormis", Warner Classics: Apex (2003); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    Publisher: Eres Edition
    Manuscript
  • Joy, Wealth to the People [Rõõmu, rikkust rahvale]
    based on Estonian folk tune
    1950
    mixed choir
    Text: Lea Tormis
    Fp: Estonian Radio Mixed Choir, conductor Jüri Variste; 1950
    Manuscript
  • Swamp Song [Soolaul]
    1949
    mixed choir
    Text: Lea Tormis
    Manuscript
  • Can Not [Ei saa]
    mixed choir
    Manuscript
  • Go Up to the Hills (Karl August Hermann) [Minge üles mägedele (Karl August Hermann)]
    arrangement after Karl August Hermann´s choir piece
    mixed choir
    Text: Mihkel Veske
    Manuscript
  • Happy New Year! [Head uut aastat!]
    Written for The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
    mixed choir
    Text: entire text "Happy New Year" (in Estonian)
    Manuscript
  • Homeland´s Birthday [Kodumaa sünnipäev]
    from cantata "The Homeland's Birthday"
    mixed choir
    Manuscript
  • Native Tongue [Kodukeel]
    based on Hans Georg Nägeli's tune
    mixed choir
    Text: Ado Reinvald
    Manuscript
  • Pužimles vižize logi no
    arrangement after Udmurt folk song
    mixed choir
    Text: Udmurt folklore
    Manuscript
  • Solo Song [Soololaul]
    mixed choir
    Text: Lea Rummo (Lea Tormis)

Works for female choir a cappella

  • Six Estonian Wedding Songs [Kuus eesti pulmalaulu]
    Arrangement from the cycle "Seventeen Estonian Wedding Songs" (1988/1993), by Tõnu Kangron
    1988/1993/2011
    female choir
    Text: Estonian folklore
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
  • We Are Given [Meile antakse]
    English language version of the work of the same name
    1984/2010
    2'
    female choir or male choir or mixed choir or joint choir
    Text: Juhan Viiding (in English, translated by Dave Murphy and Jaak Johanson)
    Fp: *Mixed choir Noorus, conductor Raul Talmar; September 3, 2010, Agder Teater, Kristiansand, Norway, Punkt Festival.
    *Festival joint choir (Canzonetta Katwijk, Capella Vocale, Kamerkoor Kwintessens, Klein Leids Liederen Koor, Leiden English Choir, Leids Kamerkoor, Mrs. Darcy, Vieux Bleu), November 5, 2010, Leiden, Holland, festival "Leiding zingt...Tormis".
    *Festival joint choir (Estrivo Chamber Choir, IJlandenkoor, Leiden English Choir, Pur Sang Chamber Choir, Womens Choir Cantiamo, 2nd year Choir of the Conservatory in Amsterdam, Audite Nova Chamber Choir, Apeldoorn Vocal Ensemble, Vocoza Chamber Choir), conductor Hebe de Champeaux, November 6, 2010, Amsterdam's Boomkerk, Holland, Tormis Choir Festival
    FpEst: mixed choir Noorus, conductor Raul Talmar, April 20, 2011, Tallinn Blackheads House, Estonia, guest concert of the Punkt Festival in the framework of the Jazzkaar Festival
    Publisher: SP Muusika
  • Eight Estonian Lyric Folk Songs [Kaheksa eesti lüürilist rahvalaulu]
    originally for mixed choir in cycle "13 Estonian Lyric Folk Songs"
    arrangement from the cycle "Thirteen Estonian Lyric Folk Songs" (movements 3-7 and 9-11)
    1. Songs Learned at Weddings
    2. The Bad Thresher
    3. Don't Hit an Orpha
    4. Oxen Await the Holidays
    5. Cursing the Squires
    6. Worry Breaks the Spirit
    7. The Rowan Tree
    8. Orphans in the Forest

    1972/2005
    female choir
    Text: Estonian folklore
    Publisher: Carus Verlag
    Manuscript
  • My Quiet, Lovely Home [Vaikne, kena kohakene]
    1985/1992/1998
    female choir, toddlers´ choir
    Text: Martin Körber
    Manuscript
  • There Is Our Home [Sääl on meie kodu]
    1988/1995
    female choir
    Text: Gustav Suits
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • Five Estonian Folk Dances [Viis eesti rahvatantsu]
    version for female choir after the cycle for mixed choir with the same title
    1. Flatfooted Waltz
    2. Muhu Crooked Dance
    3. Old Maid
    4. Tall Anglaise
    5. Kaarajaan

    1994
    female choir
    Text: folklore
    Manuscript
  • My Quiet, Lovely Home [Vaikne, kena kohakene]
    1985/1992
    female choir
    Text: Martin Körber
    CD "Nüüd ep on ilus elada", ERP (2010). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Sing a song", Eesti Raadio (1999); Estonian Boys' Choir, conductor Venno Laul
    CD "Star bride – Veljo Tormis", Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (2000); Tartu University Academic Female Choir, conductor Vaike Uibopuu
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • Once, Sitting Deep in Thought [Kord mõtetes istus]
    1985/1992
    female choir
    Text: Karl Ruut
    CD "Nüüd ep on ilus elada", ERP (2010). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Sing a song", Eesti Raadio (1999); Estonian Boys' Choir, conductor Venno Laul
    CD "Star bride – Veljo Tormis", Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (2000); Tartu University Academic Female Choir, conductor Vaike Uibopuu
    Publisher: Muusika
  • Orphan's Lament [Vaeslapse kaebus]
    1966/1992
    female choir
    Text: folklore
    CD "Teaduste Akadeemia Naiskoori 40. aastapäeva kontserdid: Estonia Kontserdisaalis ja Sakala kammersaalis 23. ja 25. septembril 1999", Teaduste Akadeemia Naiskoor (1999); Academy of Scinece Female Choir, conductor Merike Toro
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • Rumours Are Flying [Küla kuuleb]
    1973/1991
    female choir or children's choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ülo Tedre
    Manuscript
  • Saaremaa Bread [Saare leib]
    Written for female choirs festival in Saaremaa
    1991
    2'
    female choir
    Text: folklore
    CD "Star bride – Veljo Tormis", Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (2000); Tartu University Academic Female Choir, conductor Vaike Uibopuu
    Manuscript
  • Three Karelian Maidens (Kolme Karjalan neitoa)
    dedicated to Heikki Saari
    1. Delicate Maid (Herkkä neito)
    2. Proud Maid (Ylpeä neito)
    3. Radiant Maid (Kirkas neito)

    1991
    5'
    female choir
    Text: "Kanteletar" I:160, 175; II: 13,15 (in Finnish), translation to Latin by Tuomo Pekkanen
    CD „Estonian Female Song Society 20”, Eesti Naislaulu Selts (2014); Female Choir of Tallinn University, conductor Linda Kardna (only "Delicate Maid" and "Proud Maid")
    CD "Star bride – Veljo Tormis", Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (2000); Tartu University Academic Female Choir, conductor Vaike Uibopuu
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Three Stars (Trīs zvaigznes)
    dedicated to Ausma Derkēvica
    1989
    3'
    female choir
    Text: Māra Zālīte (in Latvian), translation to Estonian by Ita Saks
    CD "Sieviešu koris "Dzintars", Riga Recording Studio (1995); female choir "Dzintars", conductor Ausma Derkēvica
    CD "Visions beyond Estonia / Veljo Tormis", Alba (2007); Estonian National Male Choir, conducted by Ants Soots
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • Labdien (Hello)
    written for Ausma Derkēvica
    1988
    female choir
    Text: Marā Zālīte (in Latvian)
    Manuscript
  • Native Tongue [Kodukeel]
    based on Hans Georg Nägeli's tune
    1988
    2'
    female choir or male choir
    Text: Ado Reinvlad
  • Song for the Land [Laul maale]
    from cantata "The Homeland's Birthday"
    1963/1988
    female choir
    Text: Paul-Eerik Rummo
    Manuscript
  • Karjaan kotiinkutsu (Calling Home the Herd)
    Dedicated to Erkki Pohjola
    1985
    soprano, female choir
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala": XXXII, translated by August Annist
    Manuscript
  • Latvian Motifs (Latvijas motīvi)
    Three fragments to Ojārs Vācietise´s Words
    dedicated to Ausma Derkēvica
    1. Earth (Zeme)
    2. Little Devil (Raganina)
    3. Silence (Klusums)

    1985
    4'
    female choir
    Text: Ojārs Vācietis (in Latvian), translated to Estonian by Ita Saks
    CD "Sieviešu koris "Dzintars"", Riga Recording Studio (1995); female choir "Dzintars", conductor Ausma Derkēvica
    Manuscript
  • Step Out Front! [Astuge ette!]
    1984/1985
    4'
    female choir or male choir or mixed choir
    Text: Lydia Koidula
    Commissioned by: Vaike Uibopuu for Tartu State University's Female Choir
    CD "Rahvusooper Estonia Poistekoor 35. aastapäeva kontsert Tallinna Metodisti Kirikus 27.01.2007", Rahvusooper Estonia (2007); Estonian National Opera Boys' Choir, conductor Hirvo Surva
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • The Hero's Voyage (Väinämöisen venematka) [Väinämöise venesõit (Väinämöisen venematka)]
    Written for the 150th anniversary of the publication of "Kalevala"
    1985
    6'
    female choir
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala": XXXIX (in Finnish)
    Commissioned by: the Kodály Society, Kecskemét (Hunagry)
    Publisher: SP Muusika
    Manuscript
  • We Are Given [Meile antakse]
    1984
    2'
    female choir or male choir or mixed choir or joint choir
    Text: Juhan Viiding (in Estonian)
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Manuscript
  • Three Moldovan-Hungarian Folk Songs (Hārom moldovāi-magyar népdal)
    dedicated to the Council of Hungarian Choirs
    1. To You, My Dearest
    2. Whoever has Love in Their Heart
    3. On Thursday Evening
    1983
    4'
    female choir
    Text: Hungarian folklore, Zoltán Kallós (in Hungarian), translated to Estonian by Tiiu Kokla
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir; February, 7, 1984, in Hungary
    CD „Estonian Female Song Society 20”, Eesti Naislaulu Selts (2014); Female Choir of Teacher Training College of Tartu University, conductor Valdur Heim (only "To You, My Dearest")
    CD "Eesti Koorijuhtide Naiskoor", Eesti Koorijuhtide Naiskoor (1998); Female Choir of Estonian Choral Conductors, conductor Ants Sööt
    CD "Visions beyond Estonia / Veljo Tormis", Alba (2007); Estonian National Male Choir, conducted by Ants Soots
    Manuscript
  • Three Vepsian Folk Songs [Kolm vepsa rahvalaulu]
    written for the "Aino" vocal group of the Kantele Enesemble, Petroskoi
    1. To Sing You a Little Song
    2. The Heavenly Suitors
    3. My Sister, My Little Cricket
    1983
    female choir or ensemble (3 voices)
    Text: folklore, arranged by Marje Joalaid, from cycle "Vespian Paths" (in Vepsian)
    Manuscript
  • Five Estonian Folk Dances [Viis eesti rahvatantsu]
    Dedicated to Tõnu Kaljuste, requested by The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
    1. Flatfooted Waltz
    2. Muhu Crooked Dance
    3. Old Maid
    4. Tall Anglaise
    5. Kaarajaan
    1982
    6'
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore
    Commissioned by: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • Bridge of Song [Laulusild]
    dedicated to Uolevi Lassander
    1981
    5'
    female choir or children's choir or mixed choir or male choir
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala" and traditional Estonian sources (in Finnish and Estonian)
    Fp: Ellerhein children's choir, conductor Heino Kaljuste
    Commissioned by: Erkki Pohjola for the Tapiola and Ellerhein Choirs
    CD "Keeping together – Veljo Tormis", Forte (1994); Estonian National Male Choir, dconductor Olev Oja
    CD "Bridge of song: works for mixed choir a cappella / Balto-Finnic folk songs", Finlandia (1995); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    CD "Choral works - Veljo Tormis", Warner Classics : Apex (2003); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Salanaine", Segakoor Noorus (2005); Mixed Choir "Noorus", conductor Raul Talmar
    CD "A moment", Revalia Lauluselts (2005); Chamber Male Choir "Revalia", conductor Hirvo Surva
    CD "Heliseb väljadel", Tallinna Muusikakeskkool (2009); Tallinn Music High School Youth Choir, conductor Ingrid Kõrvits
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • What Is There to Laugh About? [Mis siin naerda on?]
    1981
    2'
    female choir
    Text: Hando Runnel
    Manuscript
  • Bulgarian Triptych [Bulgaaria triptühhon]
    1. Summer (female choir)
    2. Wheel (male choir)
    3. Voice of the Earth (mixed choir)

    1978
    female choir, male choir, mixed choir
    Text: Elisaveta Bagrjana, translated by Helvi Jürisson, Arvo Ratassepp and Harold Rajamets
    Manuscript
  • Going to the Swing [Kiigeleminek]
    based on Estonian folk song (Järva-Jaani)
    1977
    precentor(s), female choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ruth Mirov
    Fp: Academy of Sciences Female Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; June 11, 1978
    Manuscript
  • Three Folk Songs from Võrumaa [Kolm rahvalaulu Võrumaalt]
    1. Searching for the Song
    2. Married to a Drunkard
    3. St. Catherine's Songs
    1976
    4'
    female choir or female ensemble
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ruth Mirov
    Manuscript
  • A Milking Spell [Lüpsiloits]
    1975
    2'
    female choir
    Text: folklore (Paistu)
    CD "Nüüd ep on ilus elada", ERP (2010). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Vivat Academia!: AD 1632", Tartu Ülikool (1997); Tartu University Academic Female Choir, conductor Vaike Uibopuu
    CD "Eesti Koorijuhtide Naiskoor", Eesti Koorijuhtide Naiskoor (1998); Female Choir of Estonian Choral Conductors, conductor Ants Sööt
    CD "Star bride – Veljo Tormis", Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (2000); Tartu University Academic Female Choir, conductor Vaike Uibopuu
    CD "Naiskoor Carmina", Naiskoor Carmina (2005); female choir Carmina, conductor Margit Võsa
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • Three episodes from the anthology "Women's Songs" [Kolm episoodi põimikust "Naistelaulud"]
    1975
    female choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Jaan Kaplinski
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
  • Mother's Songs [Emalaulud]
    three Estonian folk songs
    1. Servants of Sleep (Kuusalu)
    2. Who Waits for Someone to Come Home (Tartu-Maarja)
    3. At Mother's Grave (Kolga-Jaani)

    1973
    9'
    female choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ülo Tedre
    CD "Star bride – Veljo Tormis", Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (2000); Tartu University Academic Female Choir, conductor Vaike Uibopuu
    Manuscript
  • Seven Livonian Folk Songs (Seis līvõ ruovloulõ sjegakkūorõn)
    1. Waking the Birds
    2. The Herdboys' Morning
    3. The Herdboys' Day
    4. The Herdboys' Evening
    5. Shrovetide
    6. Wee Winkie Mouse
    7. Sang the Father, Sang the Son
    1972
    12'
    female choir or children´s choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Herbert Tampere (in Livonian)
    CD „Circle of Life“, Eesti Rahvusraamatukogu (2016); Female Choir of Estonian Nationa Library, conductors Anneli Surva, Kristi Jagodin (only The Herdboys' Morning, The Herdboys' Day, Shrovetide)
    CD "Near and Far", MTÜ Naiskoor Carmina (2011); Female Choir Carmina, conductor Margit Võsa (only The Herdboys' Morning, The Herdboys' Day, Shrovetide, Wee Winkie Mouse)
    Manuscript
  • Brother's War Tale [Venna sõjalugu]
    based on Estonian folk tune
    1971
    female choir
    Text: folklore (Kolga-Jaani)
    Manuscript
  • Song About Song and the Singer [Laulud laulust ja laulikust]
    Five Estonian Lyric Folk Songs
    1. Sing As Long As You Live (Sing, Sing, Little Mouth) (Tõstamaa) (Dedicated to Ingrid Rüütel)
    2. The Singer's Childhood (Põlva)(Dedicated to Olli Kõiva) (1966)
    3. Songs Learned at Work (Kolga-Jaani) (Dedicated to Ruth Mirov)
    4. Sad Singer (Kuusalu) (Dedicated to Jaan Kaplinski)
    5. Singing Together (Forest Between Maidens) (Dedicated to Jaan Tooming)
    1971
    12'
    2 altos, female choir
    Text: folklore
    Fp: Academy of Sciences Female Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; May 6, 1975
    CD "Star bride – Veljo Tormis", Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (2000); Tartu University Academic Female Choir, conductor Vaike Uibopuu
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Modal Études [Études in Keys] [Modaalsed etüüdid [Etüüdid helilaadides]]
    for Ellerhein Girls´ Choir
    1. Spring
    2. Fog
    3. Cold
    4. Snow
    5. Drought
    6. Wind
    7. Rain
    1970
    children's choir or female choir
    Text: folklore
    CD „Sõpradele“, Kalamaja Põhikool (2014); Girls' ensemble of Kalamaja Elementary School, condctor Katrin Leete (only "Spring", "Snow" and "Drought")
    CD „Estonian Female Song Society 20”, Eesti Naislaulu Selts (2014); Female Choir Ilo, conductor Irene Schifrin (only "Rain")
    CD "Nüüd ep on ilus elada", ERP (2010). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme

    CD "Ring on täis", ETV (1999); Estonian Television Girls' Choir, conductor Aarne Saluveer
    CD "Tõsi ta on", Lasteekraani Muusikastuudio (2001); Music Studio of Estonian Television Children's Programs
    CD "Estonian TV Children's Choir", Lasteekraani Muusikastuudio (2009); Estonian Television Children's Choir, conductor Lii Leitmaa
    Publisher: edition 49
    Manuscript
  • Boat Ride to Land of Wonder [Sõit imemaale]
    based on Estonian folk tune
    1969
    3'
    female choir
    Text: folklore (Urvaste)
    Fp: Academy of Sciences Female Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; January, 23, 1970
    CD "Nüüd ep on ilus elada", ERP (2010). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Estonian Choral Music", ERP (2009). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Female Choir Carmina", Naiskoor Carmina (2005). Female choir Carmina, conductor Margit Võsa
    CD "Star bride – Veljo Tormis", Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (2000). Tartu University Academic Female Choir, conductor Vaike Uibopuu
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • I Am Still a Child [Veel olen laps]
    1969
    2'
    female choir
    Text: Ellen Niit
    CD "Star bride – Veljo Tormis", Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (2000); Tartu University Academic Female Choir, conductor Vaike Uibopuu
    Manuscript
  • Summer Motifs [Suvemotiivid]
    II part of cycle "Nature Pictures"
    1. Dry Weather
    2. Thunderstorm
    3. Summer Night
    1969
    5'
    female choir
    Text: Aleksander Suuman
    Fp: Tallinn Educationalist's Female Choir; April, 1970 (premier of the hole cycle "Nature Pictures")
    CD "Nüüd ep on ilus elada", ERP (2010). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Estonian Choral Music", ERP (2009). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • The Lake Behind the Cottage [Järv tare taga]
    dedicated to Helmi Tohvelmann
    1969
    2'
    female choir
    Text: Kersti Merilaas
    Fp: Tallinn Educationalist's Female Choir; April, 1970
    CD "Nüüd ep on ilus elada", ERP (2010). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Estonian Choral Music", ERP (2009). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Star bride – Veljo Tormis", Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (2000); Tartu University Academic Female Choir, conductor Vaike Uibopuu  
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • Winter Patterns [Talvemustrid]
    IV part of cycle "Nature Pictures"
    1. Winter Morning
    2. Cold
    3. Blizzard
    4. Northen Lights
    1968
    6'
    female choir
    Text: Andres Ehin
    Fp: Tallinn Educationalist's Female Choir; April, 1970 (premier of the hole cycle "Nature Pictures")
    CD „Estonian Female Song Society 20”, Eesti Naislaulu Selts (2014); Estonian Television Girls' Choir, conductor Aarne Saluveer (only "Winter Morning")
    CD "Review of the Estonian Choral Music", Estonian Choral Association, Estonian Public Broadcast (2011);
    Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme (Northern Lights)
    CD "Nüüd ep on ilus elada", ERP (2010). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Estonian Choral Music", ERP (2009). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Heliseb väljadel", Tallinna Muusikakeskkool (2009); Tallinn Music High School Youth Choir, conductor Ingrid Kõrvits
    CD "Gratias", Eesti Kooriühing (2006). Estonian Televison Girls' Choir, conductor Aarne Saluveer
    Manuscript
  • St. Catherine's Day Songs [Kadrilaulud]
    II part of cycle "Estonian Calendar Songs"
    1. Entering
    2. Dance (Saying Hello)
    3. Begging for Gifts
    4. Thanking, Wishes, and Leaving

    1967
    5'
    female choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ruth Mirov (in Estonian)
    Fp: "St. Catherine's Day Songs": Academy of Sciences Female Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; December 26, 1967; premier of the hole cycle "Estonian Calendar Songs": Academy of Sciences Male Choir and Female Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; April 6, 1968
    CD "Cantemus 2", Caprice (1995); Adolf Fredriks Girls' Choir, conductor Bo Johansson
    CD "Casting a spell... – Veljo Tormis", Virgin Classics (1996), Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Discantemus", MOJCD-04 (1999); Youth Choir Juvenalia
    CD "Tõsi ta o"”, Lasteekraani Muusikastuudio (2001); Music Studio of Estonian Television Children's Programs
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Heavenly Wind [Taevaste tuul]
    1966
    2'
    female choir
    Text: Viivi Luik
    Fp: Academy of Sciences Female Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; February, 5, 1967
    CD „Estonian Female Song Society 20”, Eesti Naislaulu Selts (2014); All-Estonian Girls' Choir Leelo, conductor Lennart Jõela
    CD "Star bride – Veljo Tormis", Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor (2000); Tartu University Academic Female Choir, conductor Vaike Uibopuu
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • Spring Sketches [Kevadkillud]
    I part of cycle "Nature Pictures"
    1. Spring Wind
    2. Buds Leafing Out
    3. Evening Sky
    4. Under the Bird-cherry Tree
    5. Yellow Flame
    6. In Late Spring
    1966
    4
    female choir
    Text: Jaan Kaplinski
    Fp: Tallinn Educationalist's Female Choir; April, 1970 (pemier of the hole cycle "Nature Pictures")
    CD "Nüüd ep on ilus elada", ERP (2010). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Estonian Choral Music", ERP (2009); Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Kasvasin kesk kadakaid", Forte (1998); Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Siin põhjataeva all", Eesti Raadio (1996); Estonian Radio Mixed Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten; 2)
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Swing Songs [Kiigelaulud]
    IV part of cycle "Estonian Calendar Songs"
    1. The Narrow Swing (Muhu)
    2. The Sea Under the Swing (Rõngu)
    3. A Pretty Girl on the Swing (Kuusalu)
    4. The Swing Ask for Gifts (Harju-Jaani)
    5. A Timid Girl on the Swing (Harju-Jaani)
    6. Apple Tree (Koeru)

    1966
    10'
    female choir
    Text: folklore
    Fp: "Swing Songs": Academy of Sciences Female Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; February, 5, 1967; premier of the hole cycle "Estonian Calendar Songs": Academy of Sciences Male Choir and Female Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; April 6, 1968
    CD "Estonian TV Youth Choir", Lasteekraani Muusikastuudio (2009); Estonian Television Youth Choir, conductor Külli Kiivet (only The Sea under the Swing)
    CD "Casting a spell... – Veljo Tormis", Virgin Classics (1996), Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • The Songster's Childhood [Lauliku lapsepõli]
    When I Was Little
    based on Estonian folk tune
    1966
    2'
    2 solo groups, female choir
    Text: folklore
    CD „Estonian Female Song Society 20”, Eesti Naislaulu Selts (2014); Youth Choir of Tallinn MUsic High School, conductor Ingrid Kõrvits
    CD "Near and Far", MTÜ Naiskoor Carmina (2011); Female Choir Carmina, conductor Margit Võsa
    CD "Nüüd ep on ilus elada", ERP (2010). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme

    CD „Reworks: the Law of Conservation of Song“, Ulmeplaadid (2009). Algorütmid
    CD "Estonian choral music", Estonian Record Production (2009). Girls' Choir Ellerhein, conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme
    CD "Heliseb väljadel", Tallinna Muusikakeskkool (2009); Tallinn Music High School Youth Choir, conductor Ingrid Kõrvits
    CD "Veljo Tormis. On American Shores", Clarion (2007); Portland State University Chamber Choir, conductor Bruce Browne
    CD "Kelle pärast nad on loodud", Leelo (2006); All-Estonian Girls' Choir Leelo, conductor Lennart Jõela
    CD "Sööt muusikasse", Eesti Naislaulu Selts (2005); Tallinn Teachers' Female Choir, conductor Ants Sööt
    CD "White nights", Itä-Helsingin Musiikkiopisto (1998); Itämeren Tytär, conductor Iris Sundberg
    CD "Elektra Female Choir", Skylark (1992); Elektra Female Choir
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • Autumn Landscapes [Sügismaastikud]
    miniatures, III part of cycle "Nature Pictures"
    1. Late Summer (And Filipendula is Blooming)
    2. Clouds Racing in the Sky
    3. Pale Light
    4. Crimson Leaves Falling
    5. Wind Over Wilderness (Forest on Both Sides of the Road)
    6. Cold Autumn Night Moon
    7. Sad Violet Heather

    1964
    female choir
    Text: Viivi Luik
    Manuscript
  • Three Songs to Paul-Eerik Rummo's Words [Kolm laulu Paul-Eerik Rummo sõnadele]
    1. Cat's Cradle
    2. Great Aunt Knits
    3. Red Rowans
    1963
    6'
    female choir
    Text: Paul-Eerik Rummo
    Fp: Academy of Sciences Female Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; December 15, 1963
    CD "Siin põhjataeva all", Eesti Raadio (1996); Estonian Radio Mixed Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    Publisher: Eres Edition
    Manuscript
  • Spring with the Birds [Kevad lindudega]
    1954
    female choir
    Text: Debora Vaarandi
    Manuscript
  • Circle Game Song [Ringmängulaul]
    based on Estonian folk tune
    1950
    female choir
    Text: Lea Rummo
    Manuscript
  • Virumaa and Pandivere [Virumaa ja Pandivere]
    based on Estonian folk tune
    female choir
    Manuscript

Works for male choir a cappella

  • You Are Like a Secret Ladylove [Sa oled kui salanaine]
    2014
    male choir
    Text: Juhan Liiv
    Manuscript
  • We Are Given [Meile antakse]
    English language version of the work of the same name
    1984/2010
    2'
    female choir or male choir or mixed choir or joint choir
    Text: Juhan Viiding (in English, translated by Dave Murphy and Jaak Johanson)
    Fp: *Mixed choir Noorus, conductor Raul Talmar; September 3, 2010, Agder Teater, Kristiansand, Norway, Punkt Festival.
    *Festival joint choir (Canzonetta Katwijk, Capella Vocale, Kamerkoor Kwintessens, Klein Leids Liederen Koor, Leiden English Choir, Leids Kamerkoor, Mrs. Darcy, Vieux Bleu), November 5, 2010, Leiden, Holland, festival "Leiding zingt...Tormis".
    *Festival joint choir (Estrivo Chamber Choir, IJlandenkoor, Leiden English Choir, Pur Sang Chamber Choir, Womens Choir Cantiamo, 2nd year Choir of the Conservatory in Amsterdam, Audite Nova Chamber Choir, Apeldoorn Vocal Ensemble, Vocoza Chamber Choir), conductor Hebe de Champeaux, November 6, 2010, Amsterdam's Boomkerk, Holland, Tormis Choir Festival
    FpEst: mixed choir Noorus, conductor Raul Talmar, April 20, 2011, Tallinn Blackheads House, Estonia, guest concert of the Punkt Festival in the framework of the Jazzkaar Festival
    Publisher: SP Muusika
  • The Question Is... [Küsimus on...]
    2008
    male choir
    Text: Olaf Utt (a newspaper article)
    Manuscript
  • Three Stars (Trīs zvaigznes)
    dedicated to Ausma Derkēvica
    1989/2006
    male choir
    Text: Māra Zālīte (in Latvian)
    Manuscript
  • Reflections with Hando Runnel [Mõtisklusi Hando Runneliga]
    Written for the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
    1. A Very Ancient People
    2. Could Any Consolation Be Found?
    3. We Have No Mecca
    4. Another Seven Hundred Years
    1981/2002
    6'
    male choir
    Text: Hando Runnel
    CD "Vision of Estonia. II – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Salanaine", Segakoor Noorus (2005); Mixed Choir "Noorus", conductor Raul Talmar
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • The Singer's Closing Words (Laulajan loppusanat)
    to conclude composing work
    2000/2002
    male choir
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala" 50: 513-34, 537-38, 583-600, 611-618 (in Finnish)
    Publisher: SP Muusika
    Manuscript
  • Christmas is Coming [Jõulud tulevad]
    Dedicated to Tallinn Technical University Academic Male Choir
    1996
    male choir
    Text: folklore (Paistu)
    CD "See jõulupäev on rõõmust suur", Tehnikaülikooli Akadeemiline Meeskoor (2004); Technical University Academic Male Choir, conductor Siim Selis
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Incantatio maris aestuosi (Incantatio for a Stormy Sea)
    dedicated to choirs Orphei Drängar (Robert Sund) and Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat (Matti Hyökki)
    1996
    6'
    male choir
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala" XVIII: 29-34, XLII: 197-202, 463-467, 529-540 (in Latin)
    Fp: Orphei Drängar & Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat, conductor Robert Sund; April 20, 1996, Tampere, Finland
    Commissioned by: Orphei Drängar (Uppsala University, Sweden) and Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat (Helsinki University, Finland
    CD "Vision of man: 20th century male voice choir music", Finlandia (1997); Helsinki University Chorus, Talla Vocal Ensemble, conductor Matti Hyökki
    CD "Vision of Estonia. I – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2001); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Works for men's voices", Toccata Classics (2007); Svanholm Singers, conductor Sofia Söderberg Eberhard
    Publisher: Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
    Manuscript
  • The Bishop and the Pagan (Piispa ja pakana)
    version of the piece of the same title for vocal ensemble (1992)
    1995
    9'
    2 counter tenor, tenor, male choir
    Text: The Sequence of St. Henry in Latin, traditional Finnish, adapted by Sakari Puurunen
    CD "Litany to thunder – Veljo Tormis", ECM Records (1999); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Works for men's voices", Toccata Classics (2007); Svanholm Singers, conductor Sofia Söderberg Eberhard
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Kullervo's Message [Kullervo sõnum]
    version of the piece of the same title for vocal ensemble
    1994
    12'
    male choir
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala": XXXVI (in English, translated by William Forsell Kirby)
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Crosswind [Tõmbtuul]
    in memoriam Arvo Ratassepp
    1993
    male choir
    Text: Henrik Visnapuu
    Fp: Estonian National Male Choir; April, 21, 1996, Estonian Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD "Vision of Estonia. I – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2001); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Works for men's voices", Toccata Classics (2007); Svanholm Singers, conductor Sofia Söderberg Eberhard
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Much Worry (Huolta paljo)
    1993
    male choir
    Text: "Kanteletar" II: 287 (in Finnish)
    Commissioned by: Kotka Male Choir (Finland)
    Manuscript
  • Let the Sun Shine [Jäta päike paistma!]
    Written for State Academic Male Choir song competition
    1984/1992
    2'
    male choir
    Text: Estonian national epic "Kalevipoeg"
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; November, 16, 1984, Tallinn’s 7th Secondary School
    CD "Vision of Estonia. II – Veljo Tormis", lba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Vision of Estonia [Nägemus Eestist]
    Dedicated to Ants Üleoja
    1991
    4'
    male chor
    Text: Juhan Liiv
    Fp: Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Üleoja; February 8, 1992, Estonian Radio
    CD "Vision of Estonia. I – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2001); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Once We Will Reapper [Kord me tuleme tagasi]
    Our Shadows
    1969/1990
    2'
    3 tenors, male choir
    Text: Jaan Kaplinski
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; December 5, 1970, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD "Keeping together – Veljo Tormis", Forte (1994); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    CD "Vision of Estonia. I – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2001); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Works for men's voices", Toccata Classics (2007); Svanholm Singers, conductor Sofia Söderberg Eberhard
    Publisher: edition 49
  • The Estonian Political Party Game [Eestirahva erakonnamäng]
    1990
    3'
    3 female voices, male choir
    Text: folklore
    Fp: Estonian National Male Choir; November 10, 1990, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Story of a Betrayer [Äraandja lugu (Ilmiantajan tarina)]
    dedicated to male choir Laulun Ystävät (Friends of Song) for its 75th anniversary
    1989
    7'
    male choir
    Text: Eino Leino (in Finnish)
    CD "Vision of Estonia. I – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2001); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Manuscript
  • Estonian Evening Prayer [Eesti õhtupalve]
    1988
    male choir
    Text: Hando Runnel
    Manuscript
  • Labdien (Hello)
    Written for Ausma Derkēvica
    1988
    2'
    male choir
    Text: Marā Zālīte (in Latvian)
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Arvo Volmer; July 13, 1988, Riga
    Publisher: Muusika
    Manuscript
  • Native Tongue [Kodukeel]
    based on Hans Georg Nägeli's tune
    1988
    2'
    female choir or male choir
    Text: Ado Reinvlad
  • Praising the Mulk [Mulgi kiitus]
    based on Estonian folk tune
    1975/1988
    2'
    male choir
    Text: folklore
    Manuscript
  • Song of the Homeland [Kodumaa laul]
    dedicated to Olev Oja on his 50th birthday
    1985/1988
    2'
    male choir
    Text: Henrik Visnapuu
    Manuscript
  • Virumaa and Pandivere [Virumaa ja Pandivere]
    based on Estonian folk tune
    1987
    2'
    male choir
    Text: Hando Runnel
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Arvo Volmer; June, 25, 1988, Rakvere Manor House
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Bravely, Brothers! [Julgesti, vennad!]
    1986
    3'
    male choir
    Text: Russian revolutinonary song, translated by Friedebert Tuglas (in Estonian)
    Manuscript
  • Step Out Front! [Astuge ette!]
    1984/1985
    4'
    female choir or male choir or mixed choir
    Text: Lydia Koidula
    Commissioned by: Vaike Uibopuu for Tartu State University's Female Choir
    CD "Rahvusooper Estonia Poistekoor 35. aastapäeva kontsert Tallinna Metodisti Kirikus 27.01.2007", Rahvusooper Estonia (2007); Estonian National Opera Boys' Choir, conductor Hirvo Surva
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • I Sing from Grief (Laulan huolissani)
    dedicated to Male Choir of the Polytechnical Insitute (Finland) on its 80th anniversary
    1984
    male choir
    Text: "Kanteletar" II: 297 (in Finnish)
    Manuscript
  • Journey of the War Messenger [Sõjakulleri sõit]
    1984
    3'
    male choir, whip, humming top
    Text: Estonian national epic "Kalevipoeg": IX
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; November, 24, 1984, Estonian Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD „Reworks: the Law of Conservation of Song“, Ulmeplaadid (2009). 3 Pead
    CD "Vision of Estonia. II – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • My Light Filled Days [Mu valged päevad]
    Written for State Academic Male Choir song competition
    1984
    3'
    male choir
    Text: Debora Vaarandi, excerpt from poem "Farewell"
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; November 16, 1984, Tallinn Seventh Secondary School
    Manuscript
  • Our School Is a Nesting Tree [Pesapuu on me kool]
    dedicated to Tallinn 21st Secondary School
    1984
    4'
    male choir (school male choir) or male ensemble
    Text: Ellen Niit
    Manuscript
  • Songs, Do Not Fade Away! (Lõlõd, algid kistõgid)
    1984
    male choir
    Text: Pētõr Damberg (in Livonian)
  • Still We Feel Danger [Veel me tunneme ohtu]
    1984
    male choir
    Text: Juhan Viiding
    Manuscript
  • Three Lessons [Kolm õpetust]
    1984
    2'
    male choir
    Text: Hando Runnel
    Manuscript
  • Vepsian Winter [Vepsa talv]
    1984
    5'
    soloist, male choir
    Text: Vepsian folklore, arranged by Marje Joalaid (in Vepsian)
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; November, 11, 1984, Tallinn 7th Secondary School
    CD "Ancient voices", Forte (1994); State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    CD "People of Kalevala: Balto-Finnic folk songs", Finlandia records (1996); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Visions beyond Estonia / Veljo Tormis", Alba (2007); Estonian National Male Choir, conducted by Ants Soots
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • We Are Given [Meile antakse]
    1984
    2'
    female choir or male choir or mixed choir or joint choir
    Text: Juhan Viiding (in Estonian)
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Manuscript
  • Double Dedication [Diptych] [Kaksikpühendus [Diptühhon]]
    dedicated to the 100th birth anniversaries of Marie Under and Gustav Suits
    1. There's One Song I Want to Sing (Gustav Suits)
    2. Stars (Marie Under)
    1983
    4'
    male choir
    Text: Marie Under, Gustav Suits
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Oleva Oja; November, 20, 1983, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD "Keeping together – Veljo Tormis", Forte (1994); State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    CD "Vision of Estonia. I – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2001); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Juhatab Ants Üleoja", EMLS (2006); conductor Ants Üleoja
    CD "Works for men's voices", Toccata Classics (2007); Svanholm Singers, conductor Sofia Söderberg Eberhard
    Publisher: Eres Edition
    Manuscript
  • Pictures from Vormsi's Past (Bilder ur Ormsös förflutna)
    Dedicated to Lund University Male Choir (Sweden)
    1. Farmhand's Lament
    2. Behind the Storehouse Door
    3. Wedding Dance
    1983
    5'
    male choir
    Text: folklore (in Estonian-Swedish dialect)
    CD "Visions beyond Estonia / Veljo Tormis", Alba (2007); Estonian National Male Choir, conducted by Ants Soots
    Manuscript
  • Singing Aboard Ship (Laivassa lauletaan) [Laevas lauldakse (Laivassa lauletaan)]
    Ingrian ballade
    1983
    soloists, male choir
    Text: folklore (in Finnish)
    Manuscript
  • Three Moldovan-Hungarian Folk Songs (Hārom moldovāi-magyar népdal
    dedicated to the Council of Hungarian Choirs KÓTA
    1. Sadden, My Dearest (To You, My Dearest)
    2. Who Loves Their Dearest Very Much (Whoever has Love in Their Heart)
    3. On Thursday Evening

    1983
    male choir
    Text: Hungarian folklore, Zoltán Kallós (in Hungarian)
    Manuscript
  • Childhood Memories (Herding Calls) [Helletused]
    written after Aino Tamm and Miina Härma
    1982
    9'
    soprano, male choir
    Text: folklore
    Fp: Margarita Voites (soprano), State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; December, 13, 1982, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
    Commissioned by: Olev Oja for State Academic Male Choir
    CD "Ancient voices", Forte (1994); State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    CD "A day in paradise", Finlandia Records (1998); Talla Vocal Ensemble
    CD "Vision of Estonia. I – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2001); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Veljo Tormis. On American Shores", Clarion (2007); Portland State University Chamber Choir, dirigent Bruce Browne
    CD "Tormis: Choral Works", Hyperion (2008); kammerkoor Holst Singers, dirigent Stephen Layton
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Peoples' Friendship Rhapsody [Rahvaste sõpruse rapsoodia]
    based on various nations folk tunes arrangements
    1982
    17'
    2 tenors, baritone, bass, male choir
    Text: various nations folklore (in Estonian and in Russian)
    Fp: Sate Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; October, 28, 1982
    Commissioned by: the Ministry of Culture on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the USSR
    CD "Visions beyond Estonia / Veljo Tormis", Alba (2007); Estonian National Male Choir, conducted by Ants Soots
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Reflections with Lenin [Mõtisklusi Leniniga]
    written on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Soviet Union in 1982
    1. Andante mosso
    2. Andante
    3. Pesante
    4. Moderato
    5. Andante mosso
    6. Andante festivo

    1982
    8'
    male choir
    Text: Vladimir Ilych Lenin
    Manuscript
  • The Eagle Flew from the North-East (Kokko lenti koillisešta)
    dedicated to Ensti Pohjola
    1982
    4'
    male choir
    Text: Karelian folklore, S. Kondratyeva (in Karelian)
    CD "People of Kalevala: Balto-Finnic folk songs", Finlandia records (1996); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Üleoja
    CD "Song of dawn: highlights from the Estonian & Baltic music series", Finlandia Records (1998); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Üleoja
    CD "Visions beyond Estonia / Veljo Tormis", Alba (2007); Estonian National Male Choir, conducted by Ants Soots
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Two Soviet Runo Songs [Kaks sovetlikku runolaulu]
    1. New Heard Far Away
    2. There Were Three Woodsmen
    1982
    3'
    male choir
    Text: folklore (in Karelian)
    Manuscript
  • A Sending Home Spell [Kojusaatmis-sõnad]
    Also titled "Pahade kojusaatmine"
    1981
    male choir, shaman drum
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala": XVII (translated into Estonian)
    Manuscript
  • An Aboriginal Song [Pärismaalase lauluke]
    dedicated to Heino Kiik
    1981
    4'
    male choir, shaman drum
    Text: "taboo-taboo" (entire text)
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Raua needmine", Elwood (2006); Metsatöll, Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Mihhail Gerts
    CD "Works for men's voices", Toccata Classics (2007); Svanholm Singers, conductor Sofia Söderberg Eberhard
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
  • An Estonian's Little Songs [Eestlase laulukesed]
    1. An Estonian's Life
    2. An Estonian's Grief
    3. An Estonian's Advantage
    4. An Estonian's Mind

    1981
    male choir
    Text: Hando Runnel
    Manuscript
  • Beyond the Horizon (Lullaby) [Viire takka (Unelaul)]
    based on Estonian folk song (Muhu)
    1981
    male choir or male quartet
    Text: folklore
    Manuscript
  • Bridge of Song [Laulusild]
    dedicated to Uolevi Lassander
    1981
    5'
    female choir or children's choir or mixed choir or male choir
    Text: Finnish national epic "Kalevala" and traditional Estonian sources (in Finnish and Estonian)
    Fp: Ellerhein children's choir, conductor Heino Kaljuste
    Commissioned by: Erkki Pohjola for the Tapiola and Ellerhein Choirs
    CD "Keeping together – Veljo Tormis", Forte (1994); Estonian National Male Choir, dconductor Olev Oja
    CD "Bridge of song: works for mixed choir a cappella / Balto-Finnic folk songs", Finlandia (1995); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    CD "Choral works - Veljo Tormis", Warner Classics : Apex (2003); Estonian Radio Choir, conductor Toomas Kapten
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Salanaine", Segakoor Noorus (2005); Mixed Choir "Noorus", conductor Raul Talmar
    CD "A moment", Revalia Lauluselts (2005); Chamber Male Choir "Revalia", conductor Hirvo Surva
    CD "Heliseb väljadel", Tallinna Muusikakeskkool (2009); Tallinn Music High School Youth Choir, conductor Ingrid Kõrvits
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • The Last Ship [Valse Triste] [Viimane laev [Valse triste]]
    1981
    4'
    male choir
    Text: Juhan Smuul
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; February, 18, 1982, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD "Keeping together – Veljo Tormis", Forte (1994); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    CD "Vision of Estonia. I – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2001); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: Eres Edition
    Manuscript
  • Tipsy Little Songs [Vindised laulukesed]
    1. Little Money Song
    2. A Dram's Little Song
    3. Little Song of Doing
    1981
    3'
    male choir
    Text: Hando Runnel
    Manuscript
  • Two Udmurt Folk Songs [Kaks udmurdi rahvalaulu]
    1. I Stepped Up to the Pine
    2. White Snow
    1981
    3'
    tenor, male choir
    Text: folklore (in Udmurt)
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir; October 8, 1981, Märjamaa (only part 2)
    Manuscript
  • The Viru Oath [Viru vanne]
    dedicated to Ants Soots
    1980
    7'
    male choir
    Text: Hando Runnel
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; October, 18, 1980, Estonian Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD "Vision of Estonia. I – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2001); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Juhan Liiv's Sarcasms (Pictures from the Past) [Juhan Liivi sarkasmid (Pildikesi minevikust)]
    Written for State Academic Male Choir song competition
    in 5 movements
    1979
    4'
    male choir
    Text: Juhan Liiv
    Fp: Academy of Sciences Male Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; December, 14, 1979
    CD "Vision of Estonia. I – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2001); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
  • Songs of the Ancient Sea [Muistse mere laulud]
    1979
    10'
    tenor, male choir
    Text: folklore
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; December, 14, 1979, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD „Reworks: the Law of Conservation of Song“, Ulmeplaadid (2009); Kadi Uibo
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Diamonds: 20th-century masterpieces for male choir", BIS (2003); Orphei Drängar, conductors Robert Sund and Folke Alin
    CD "Litany to thunder – Veljo Tormis", ECM Records (1999); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Litany to thunder – Veljo Tormis", ECM Records (1999); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Ancient voices", Forte (1994); State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
  • Bulgarian Triptych [Bulgaaria triptühhon]
    1. Summer
    2. Wheel
    3. Voice of the Earth

    1978
    mezzo soprano, male choir
    Text: Elisaveta Bagrjana, translated by Helvi Jürisson, Arvo Ratassepp and Harold Rajamets
    Manuscript
  • Bulgarian Triptych [Bulgaaria triptühhon]
    1. Summer (female choir)
    2. Wheel (male choir)
    3. Voice of the Earth (mixed choir)

    1978
    female choir, male choir, mixed choir
    Text: Elisaveta Bagrjana, translated by Helvi Jürisson, Arvo Ratassepp and Harold Rajamets
    Manuscript
  • Dialectical Aphorisms [Dialektilisi aforisme]
    Dedicated to Noorus mixed choir
    1. Dialogue (1973)
    2. A Coat
    3. A Dog
    4. A Lone Copse of Birches
    5. An Ax and the Woods
    6. An Idyll
    7. A Man Stands Taller No Than His Hat (da capo 1.)
    1978
    7'
    male choir
    Text: Juhan Liiv
    CD "Läbilõige: Noorus 50", Segakoor Noorus (2009); Mixed Choir Noorus, conductor Ene Üleoja
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • North-Russian Bylina (Severo-russkaya Bïlina)
    dedicated to Georgy Sviridov
    1976
    10'
    soloist, male choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Vyacheslav Shchurov (in Russian)
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; February, 24, 1977, Estonian Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD "Ancient voices", Forte (1994); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    CD "Visions beyond Estonia / Veljo Tormis", Alba (2007); Estonian National Male Choir, conducted by Ants Soots
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Litany to Thunder [Pikse litaania]
    Dedicated to Kuno Areng
    1974
    5'
    tenor, baritone, male choir, gran cassa
    Text: Ain Kaalep, based on a magic spell (in Southern Estonian dialect)
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Kuno Areng; November, 16, 1974, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD "Review of the Estonian Choral Music", Estonian Choral Association, Estonian Public Broadcast (2011); Estonian National Male Choir, Ivar Laide (tenor), Kaljo Räästas (bass), Tauno Vahter (drum), conductor Kuno Areng
    CD „Reworks: the Law of Conservation of Song“, Ulmeplaadid (2009); Aivar Tõnso
    CD "Raua needmine", Elwood (2006); Metsatöll, Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Mihhail Gerts
    CD "Juhatab Kuno Areng", Eesti Teaduste Akadeemia Meeskoor (2004); Estonian Academy of Science Male Choir, conductor Kuno Areng
    CD "Musikgalerie Spezial 13.10.2003. CD 1/2: Land der Chöre - Arvo Pärt und andere", ORF (2003); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Review of the Estonian choral music", Eesti Laulu-ja Tantsupeo Sihtasutus (2002); State Academic Male Choir, conductor Kuno Areng
    CD "Vision of Estonia. I – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2001); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Litany to thunder – Veljo Tormis", ECM Records (1999); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Keeping together – Veljo Tormis", Forte (1994); State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    Manuscript
  • Going to War [Sõttaminek]
    Dedicated to Sakala Male Choir
    1973
    2'
    male choir
    Text: folklore
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
  • Plague Memory [Katkuaja mälestus]
    Dedicated to Olev Oja
    1973
    6'
    tenor, male choir
    Text: Jaan Kaplinski
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; October, 17, 1974, Moscow Conservatoire
    CD "People of Kalevala: Balto-Finnic folk songs", Finlandia records (1996); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Üleoja
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
  • Three Estonian Folk Songs [Kolm eesti rahvalaulu]
    1. Deceitful Bridegroom (Kuusalu)
    2. Timid Suitor (Tori) (1966)
    3. Hops (Kolga-Jaani)
    1971
    male choir
    Text: folklore
    Fp: Academy of Sciences Male Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; March, 16, 1973
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • A Conscript's Escape form Tallinn's Toompea Castle Home to Kuusalu [Nekruti põgenemine Tallinna Toompealt koju Kuusallu]
    1969
    3'
    male choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ülo Tedre
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; November, 16, 1969, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD "Ancient voices", Forte (1994); State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    CD "Vision of Estonia. I – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2001); Estonian National Male Choir, dirigent Ants Soots
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Only One Land [Üksainus maa]
    1969
    3'
    male choir
    Text: Jaan Kaplinski
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; November, 18, 1973
    Manuscript
  • The Ballad of Mary's Land [Maarjamaa ballaad]
    1969
    5'
    male choir
    Text: Jaan Kaplinski
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; November, 16, 1969 Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD "Keeping together – Veljo Tormis", Forte (1994); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    CD "Vision of Estonia. II – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
  • The Food Has Been Eaten [Söömad söödud]
    1969
    2'
    male choir
    Text: folklore
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
  • Martinmas Songs [Mardilaulud]
    I, "Estonian Calendar Songs"
    1. Martinmas Beggars Behind the Door
    2. Greeting
    3. Words of Blessing
    4. Dance
    5. Casting a Spell
    6. Begging for Gifts
    7. Thanking
    8. Wishes
    9. Ending
    1967
    9'
    male choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ruth Mirov
    Fp: Academy of Sciences Male Choir and Female Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; April, 6, 1968 (premier of the whole cycle "Estonian Calendar Songs")
    CD "Casting a spell... - Veljo Tormis", Virgin Classics (1996), Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Manuscript
  • Shrovetide Songs [Vastlalaulud]
    III, "Estonian Calendar Songs"
    1. Vistel-Vastel
    2. Spell Upon Flax
    3. Sledding Song
    1967
    5'
    male choir
    Text: folklore
    Fp: "Shrovetide Songs": November, 5, 1973, Pärnu Theatre; premier of the hole cycle "Estonian Calnedar Songs": Academy of Sciences Male Choir and Female Choir, conductor Arvo Ratassepp; April 6, 1968
    CD "Casting a spell... - Veljo Tormis", Virgin Classics (1996), Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    CD "Forgotten peoples - Veljo Tormis", Atma Classique (2006); Musica Intima
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
    Manuscript
  • Warning Song [Hoiatuslaul]
    1965
    male choir
    Text: Juhan Smuul
  • Hamlet's Songs I, II [Hamleti laulud I, II]
    1964-1965
    11'
    male choir
    Text: Paul-Eerik Rummo
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Kuno Areng; April, 21, 1966, Estonian Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD "OD Highlights", Grammofon AB BIS (1987); Orphei Drängar, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Eric Ericson
    CD "Keeping together – Veljo Tormis", Forte (1994); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    CD "Vision of Estonia. I – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2001); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
  • Men's Songs [Meestelaulud]
    based on Estonian folk tunes
    Part I
    1. Mens's Song
    2. Bundling Song
    3. Betrothal Visit Song
    4. Drinking Song
    5. Song of the Turkish War
    Part II
    6. Sailor's Song
    7. Serf's Song
    8. Dancing Song
    9. Bawdy Song
    10. Village Song
    1964-1965
    bass, male choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Paul-Eerik Rummo
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir’s Youth Choir, conductor Olev Oja; May, 9, 1965, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
    CD „Paepealse maa hääled“, Lihula Meeskoor (2014); Lihula Male Choir, conductors Pille Saatmäe and Andreas Rahuvarm (only "Men's Song" and "Sailor's Song")
    CD "Works for men's voices", Toccata Classics (2007); Svanholm Singers, conductor Sofia Söderberg Eberhard
    CD "Vision of Estonia. II – Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
    Manuscript
  • Song About Keeping Together [Ühtehoidmise-laul]
    1964
    3'
    male choir
    Text: Paul-Eerik Rummo
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; October, 30, 1967, Kehra Community Center
    CD "Keeping together – Veljo Tormis", Forte (1994); State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: Eres Edition
  • Song of a Level Land [Tasase maa laul]
    1964
    3'
    male choir
    Text: Paul-Eerik Rummo
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja; November, 10, 1964, Tallinn Pedagogical Institute
    CD "Keeping together – Veljo Tormis", Forte (1994); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Olev Oja
    CD "Vision of Estonia. III - Veljo Tormis", Alba Records (2004); Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
    Publisher: Eres Edition
  • Angular Song [Kandiline laul]
    1962
    3'
    male choir
    Text: Mats Traat
    Fp: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Harald Uibo; November 3, 1962, Pedagogical Institute
  • Such Songs I-II [Sellised laulud I-II]
    1962
    3'
    male choir
    Text: Ain Kaalep
    Fp: Part I: State Academic Male Choir; October, 1, 1962; part II: State Academic Male Choir, conductor Harald Uibo; November, 3, 1962, Pedagogical Institute, Tallinn
    Publisher: SP Muusikaprojekt
  • Three Revolutionary Songs [Kolm revolutsiooni laulu]
    version of the piece of the same title written in 1995
    1. The Day Ending on the Boundless Steppe (A. Tolstoi)
    2. Listen! (melody by P. Sokalski; text by I. Holz-Müller)
    3. People's March (A. Otto)
    1955
    male choir
    Text: A. Tolstoi, I. Holz-Müller, A. Otto, arranged by Veljo Tormis
  • Forget-me-not [Meelespea]
    in memoriam Gustav Ernesaks
    male choir
    Text: folklore
    Manuscript
  • Lembitu Said [Ütles Lembitu]
    recitor, male choir
    Text: Friedebert Tuglas
  • Uidaruu, raidaraa [Uidaruu, raidaraa]
    male choir
    Manuscript

Works for children’s choir a cappella

  • Three Ugric Folk Songs [Kolm ugri rahvalaulu]
    1. What should I Sing? (Hanti)
    2. Why Ride in Vain? (Mansi)
    3. The Fire Goes Out (Hungarian)
    1995
    children's choir
    Text: folklore (Ugric languages)
    Commissioned by: Doreen Rao's Choral Music Experience, University of Toronto
    Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes
    Manuscript
  • Vjatka Girls [Vjatkan tytöt]
    dedicated to György Kádár
    1994
    children's choir
    Text: arrangement of Udmurt songs by Armas Otto Väisänen (in Finnish)
    Manuscript
  • Why Did You Rise Me? [Miksi mun kasvatit?]
    Arrangement of Mordvin song by Aapo Otto Väisänen. Dedicated to György Kádár
    1994
    children's choir
    Manuscript
  • Rumours Are Flying [Küla kuuleb]
    1973/1991
    female choir or children's choir
    Text: folklore, arranged by Ülo Tedre
    Manuscript
  • Karjaan kotiinkutsu (Calling Home the Herd)