Evald Aav

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Composer Evald Aav was in the second generation of Estonian classical composers, and he studied with Artur Kapp, widely regarded as the father of Estonian orchestral music. Aav was the first composer…
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Composer Evald Aav was in the second generation of Estonian classical composers, and he studied with Artur Kapp, widely regarded as the father of Estonian orchestral music. Aav was the first composer to write an opera on a national theme in the Estonian language, The Vikings in 1928. In 1935 Aav completed his highly regarded symphonic poem Elu (Life) and had just put the finishing touches on his only Symphony when, in 1939, he died, at the age of barely 39.