Death of noted Estonian composer, 88

Death of noted Estonian composer, 88


norman lebrecht

December 29, 2020

The Estonian Composers Union has announced the death, on Christmas Day, of Jaan Rääts, a prolific and influential artist best known for his numerous film scores.

He also wrote eight symphonies, 18 concertos, a ballet and much chamber music (not much else to do in Estonia in Soviet times).

His students include Erkki-Sven Tüür, Rauno Remme, Tõnu Kõrvits and Tõnis Kaumann.

with Eliisa Rääts, 2017




  • mel says:

    Jaan Rääts was an excellent composer and pianist, some of his piano works are absolutely fantastic. But his most lasting legacy is as a teacher to many of the most prominent current Estonian composers like Erkki-Sven Tüür. One of the last from that generation…