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Estonian Composers Union joined ISCM as the Estonian national member at the ISCM General Assembly in April 2005. Our first task as a member was to propose 6 pieces for WMD in Stuttgart 2006. From those six pieces Helena Tulve´s orchestral work "Sula" (also the winning piece of 2004 Composer´s Rostrum) was selected for the opening concert´s program in Stuttgart. 

Estonian Composer´s Union is an 82 years old institution. It´s membership contains both professional composers and musicologists. The number of members has remained around 100 during the recent years. Last year according to a new Creative Person´s Law of Estonia, state support will be given to all of the Creative Person´s Unions (ECU among them). Although the sum is not enormously high (ca 80 EUR per person for a year) and it´s use is well stricted by the same law, it gives a little more extra space to develop our activities. So on our activities we only stand on fundraising and supports given us for each event for intended purposes. 

As every year, also on 2005 ECU´s main output was the annual festival "Estonian Music Days". It is organised by our Union since 1979 and at the moment it is one of the most important new music events in Estonia. It was held on 7-14 of April 2005, altogether 20 concerts/events were organised and over 30 new works from Estonian composers received their premiers during that week. Festival featured composer was Arvo Pärt and with his presence at several concerts a good overview was given from his very early pieces until the newest ones, from which "Da pacem Domine" was also a world premier at Pärt´s author´s recital with Estonian State Symphony Orchestra and Eri Klas as a conductor. In addition to the finest Estonian performers, musicians from other countries have participated in our festival for many years with programs that feature not only new Estonian music but music from their own countries as well. This year Camerata Scotland very successfully filled that goal. 

Estonian Music Days festival is the most demanding activity of our section both financically and for timeline. We would not manage organizing it without the support of other music organisations in Estonia (Estonian Symphony Orchestra, Estonian Music Information Centre, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre etc.) and financial support from Estonian Ministry of Culture, Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Estonian Author´s Society as main sources for the grants. 

Other organisational improvements by our organisation included a new website at, where since spring 2005 actual events and news concerning Estonian composers and new music scene are presented. Of course, it also gives an overview of our Union and its members. 

Not as an active concert agency itself, besides "Estonian Music Days" we seldom organise the concerts ourselves. But as partners on fundraising, know-how or other activities we are part of many new music events in Estonia. 2005 the biggest among those was the deadline 25th of November for II International Lepo Sumera Composition Contest. For the deadline 124 scores for symphony orchestra from 41 different countries were received. The Contest is organised in cooperation with Lepo Sumera Society, Estonian State Symphony Orchestra, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and Estonian Composers Union. 

Soon after the General Assembly in Zagreb 2005 the board of our Section decided to start working on the project idea to propose Tallinn, the capital of Estonia for the host of WMD and ISCM General Assembly 2011. As Tallinn was lately elected to run for the European Cultural Capital for the same year, it would be in many ways the most useful time to organise it here. Towards this purpose we have started conversations with Tallinn City Government and Estonian Ministry of Culture. The first responses have been very positive. We also plan to present this idea to the ISCM General Assembly in Stuttgart. 

Ülo Krigul, 
Vice-president of Estonian Composer´s Union




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