Veljo Tormis died at the age of 86

Veljo Tormis, Estonia's most influental choral composer died on 21 January at the age of 86. Tormis' music is often connected with ancient folk songs of Estonian and other Balto-Finnic people and his input in preserving the folk songs of these minorities is of enormous importance. The best known works in this genre are the Curse upon Iron (Raua needmine) and the song cycle Forgotten Peoples (Unustatud rahvad), an extensive work which the composer worked on for nearly twenty years.