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"Welt gebaut ist" by Andrus Kallastu to be performed in Pärnu and Helsinki

On November 16 and 19, recitals of composer Andrus Kallastu will take place in Pärnu and Helsinki. The concert will feature Welt gebaut ist (The World Is Built) – the game of love and war for chamber ensemble. This piece is inspired by description of holy Jerusalem in John’s Book of Revelation (21:10-21) and consists of prelude, 12 fragments and postlude and is work in progress since 2007. It will be performed by Repoo Ensemble and ensemble Resonabilis under the direction of author himself.

Composer recitals will be held on November 16 at 4 pm at Pärnu St. Elizabeth’s Church within the concert series Musica Sacra, organised by Pärnu Opera and November 19 at 6 pm at Temppeliaukio Church in Helsinki, Finland. Additionally, on November 14 at 4 pm, Kallastu will speak about his musical language at Pärnu Artist House.

Andrus Kallastu
Photo: Haide Rannakivi

  In music of Andrus Kallastu, two periods of style can be noticed. Most of his works, written at the time of conservatoire (1985–1990), bear influences of modality and express the spirit of neoclassicism that at the time was characteristic to a large part of Estonian music. In decisive year of 1990, besides several significant events in Estonian society, as well as in his personal life, also a remarkable change in style of Kallastu’s music started to emerge. In this decade he was intensively studying music by Arnold Schönberg and the Second Viennese School composers. Additionally, he acquired strong influences while studying in Helsinki, Finland. The first works of new spirit were composed in late 1990s. These works are characterized by serial texture, sound-field technique, groping the boundaries of musical sound and noise. Many of his works speak of intention to interconnect music and various types of arts and interest of performance art.