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Lepo Sumera (1950-2000)

Lepo Sumera, composerLepo Sumera was one of the most brilliant personalities in Estonian music. He led something of a double musical life, combining composing with a reputation as one of the foremost activists, teachers and administrators in Estonian musical life. So much so that from 1989 to 1992 he served as Estonia’s Minister of Culture, subsequently taking up the post of Chairman of the Estonian Composer’s Union which he held until his death. Sumera’s music underwent a number of radical stylistic metamorphoses before he ultimately found what he felt to be his true voice. In his early years Sumera embraced the avant-garde, including a pioneering contribution to the development of electro-acoustic music, before subsequently undergoing a "sea change" in 1981, with Two Pieces from the Year 1981, when he adopted a new-found language of diatonic post-modernity. This manifested itself in a form of minimalism, developed from ethnic Estonian roots; the more familiar American school of minimalism being pretty much unknown behind the iron curtain until the mid-1980s. The results of this change often allow materials to sit side by side in unconcealed stylistic contrast whilst other pieces attempt to smooth over the differences to some degree. His music, always so multi-layered, dramatic and richly coloured, speaks to listeners in a very intense manner.
-  Christopher Thomas/MusicWeb International

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Sumera Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
Ostinato-variatsioonid (Ostinato-Variations), piano (1967)
In memoriam (In memory of Heino Eller), orchestra (1972)
Fugett ja postlüüd (Fuguetta and Postludium), piano (1973)
Adamson-Eric, documentary film score (1973)
Elust ja surmast (About Life and Death), cantata, [male?] chorus and orchestra (1975) [text: after Ly Seppel]
Pesapaik (A Breeding Place), popular-scientific film score (1975)
Looduse hääled (Voices of Nature), popular-scientific film score (1975)
Juhan Liivi lugu (The Story of Juhan Liiv), popular-scientific film score (1975)
Sündis inimene (A Man Was Borned), documentary film score (1975)
Meie aeg (Our Time), documentary film score (1975)
Inimene ja loodus (Man And Nature), documentary film score (1975)
Aastatega läbi Toompea (Toompea Castle Through Years), documentary film score (1975)
Pianissimo, piano (1976)
Mäng puhkpillidele (Play for Wind Instruments), wind quintet [flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon] (1976)
Rabade vaikuses (In the Silence of the Bogs), nature film score (1976)
Kütt (The Hunter), animated film score (1976)
Jänes (The Rabbit), animated film score (1976)
Tugevad oma tões (Strong in their Truth), documentary film score (1976)
Kaks pala sooloviiulile (Two Pieces for Solo Violin) (1977)
Sarvelugu (A Horn Piece), horn (1977)
Malera Kasuku Trio (Trio by Malera Kasuku), piano trio (1977) [collaborative work w/Mati Kuulberg and Raimo Kangro]
Muusika kammerorkestrile (Music for Chamber Orchestra) (1977)
Surma hinda küsi surnutelt (Ask the Dead About the Price of Death), feature film score (1977)
Antennid jääs (Antenna in the Ice), animated film score (1977)
Anselmi lugu (Anselm’s Story), ballet in 3 acts (1977-78) [Mai Murdmaa, after E.T.A. Hoffmann's "The Golden Pot"]
In Es, 2 pianos (1978)
Carmen Veris (Spring Song), bass voice and wind quintet (1978) [text: Henn-Kaarel Hellat]
100 meetrit selili kammerorkestri saatel (A hundred meters of backstroking), documentary film score (1978)
    - Carmen Veris (Spring Song), cantata, chorus, flute, perc and piano (1979) [text: H-K. Hellat] [part of "Mushroom Cantata"]
Tuulte pesa (Nest of the Winds/Gnezdo Na Vetru), feature film score (1979)
Kõrboja peremees (The Master of Kõrboja), feature film score (1979)
Kas on ikka rasvane? (Is It Tallowy Enough), animated film score (1979) [1978?]
Olümpiamuusika I (Olympic Music I), orchestra and tape (1980)
Olümpiamuusika II (Olympic Music II), orchestra and tape (1980)
Kaks päeva Viktor Kingissepa elust (Two Days from the Life of Viktor Kingissepp), TV film score (1980)
Suur Tõll (Tõll the Great/Tyll the Giant), animated film score (1980)
Pantomiim (Pantomime), ballet, ensemble of old music (1981) [lib: Kalle Kurg] [staged as "The Ballad of the Wreath"]
Timor (Fear), cantata, chorus, flute, percussion and piano (1981) [text: H-K. Hellat] [part of "Mushroom Cantata"]
Kaks pala aastast 1981 (Two Pieces from the Year 1981), piano (1981)
    - 1981 (The Piece from the Year 1981)
    - Pardon, Fryderyk!
Symphony No. 1, orchestra (1981)
Carmen autumnus (Autumn Song), cantata, chorus, flute, perc & piano (1982) [text: H-K. Hellat] [part of "Mushroom Cantata"]
Liblikas, kes ärkas talvel üles (The Butterfly Who Woke Up In Winter), piano (1982) [for young performers]
Quasi improvisata [I], violin (or fl/va/vc/bsn/cl) & pf (or hpschd/organ/synthesizer) (1983) [1982?][original title: "Improvisation"]
Pikseloits (Thunder Incantation), orchestra and reciter, ad lib. (1983) [text: traditional]
Luxuria - Tartu, cantata, chorus, flute, percussion and piano (1983?; fp. 1996) [text: H-K. Hellat] [part of "Mushroom Cantata"]
Seenekantaat (Mushroom Cantata) (1978-1983; fp. 1996) [assembled from 4 earlier works]
    - Carmen Veris (Spring Song), chorus, flute, percussion and piano (1979) [text: H-K. Hellat]
    - Timor (Fear), chorus, flute, percussion and piano (1981) [text: H-K. Hellat]
    - Carmen Autumnus (Autumn Song), chorus, flute, percussion and piano (1982) [text: H-K. Hellat]
    - Luxuria - Tartu, chorus, flute, percussion and piano (1983?; fp. 1996) [text: H-K. Hellat]
Põrgu (Hell/Die Hölle), animated film score (1983)
Lurich, documentary film score (1983)
Kodulinna head vaimud (Good Ghosts of the Hometown), documentary film score (1983)
Symphony No. 2, orchestra (1984)
Nukker toreadoor (The Sad Toreador), piano (1984) [for young performers]
Targem annab järele (The One Who Is Wiser Concedes), piano (1984) [for young performers]
Valss (Waltz), violin and piano (1984)
Kaks capriccio't sooloklarnetile (Two Capriccios for Solo Clarinet) (1984)
Love And Death, incidental music (1984) [play by Anton Hansen Tammsaare]
Imeline nääriöö (Magical New Year's Eve), puppet film score (1984)
Mitme kandiga Õun (The Multifaced Õun), documentary film score (1984)
Laulupeo tuli (The Song Festival Flame), cantata, boys’ chorus, male chorus and percussion (1985) [text: Mario Kivistik]
Kui tume veel kauaks ka sinu maa (Though your homeland may be in dark for long), chorus (1985) [text: Juhan Livv]
Kümme kaanonit (Ten Canons), 2 pianos (1985)
Nõiutud saar (Enchanted Island), puppet film score (1985)
Naerata ometi! (Well, Come On, Smile), feature film score (1985)
Kerjus (The Beggar/Der Bettler), animated film score (1985)
Kaleva hääled (The Sounds of Kaleva), documentary film score (1985)
Senza metro, clarinet and piano (1986)
Kevadine kärbes (Spring Fly/Die Frühlingsfliege), puppet film score (1986)
Elujõgi (River of Life), puppet film score (1986)
Õnnelind flamingo (Flamingo: the Bird of Luck), TV film score (1986)
Werewolf, incidental music (1986) [play by August Kitzberg]
Variatsioon Nora ja Raffi duo juubeli puhul (Variation written on the jubilee of Nora and Raffi duo), 2 pianos (1987)
    - part of "Vernissage", collaborative work: 20 variations by 20 composers, on a theme of a Latvian folk tune
Sõda (The War/Der Krieg), puppet film score (1987)
Vaatleja (The Observer/The Bird Watcher/Der Vogelbeobachter), feature film score (1987)
Quasi improvisata II, guitar (or electric gtr, or 12-string gtr) and piano (or harpsichord or organ or synthesizer) (1988) [1987?]
    - versions for other instruments
Saare Piiga Laul Merest (Island Maiden's Song from the Sea), cantata, chorus, actors, fl, pf & bass drum (1988)
    - [text: from the Estonian epic poem "Kalevipoeg"]
    - fragments of the cantata used in Part I of "Kaleva", 1988
For Boris Björn Bagger and His Friend, melody instrument (fl/sax/cl/rec/mandolin/vc/bsn/va) & gtr (or elec/12 string gtr) (1988)
    - version for flute, cello and piano (1989)
Kaleva, 3-part multimedial dance drama, solists, chorus, actors and Shamandrum (1988) [lib: Blossfeldt after "Kalevipoeg"]
    - Saare Piiga Laul Merest (Island Maiden's Song from the Sea), cantata, chorus, actors, fl, pf & bass drum (1988)
    - Linda matab Kalevit (Linda Buries Kalev)
    - Soome Tuuslar (Linda Turns Into a Stone)
Linda matab Kalevit (Linda Buries Kalev), mezzo-soprano, vocal quintet (or chamber choir) & early music ensemble (1988/96)
    - revised version of Part II of "Kaleva", 1988
Yashcheritsa (The Lizard/Sisalik), ballet in 2 acts (1987/93) [lib: Andrei Petrov after A. Volodin]
    - Suite from "The Lizard" (5 fragments from the ballet), orchestra (1987-88)
Symphony No. 3, orchestra (1988)
Varastatud kohtumine (Stolen Date/Das verpasste Treffen), feature film score (1988)
Doktor Stockmann (Doctor Stockmann/The Public Enemy), feature film score (1988)
Õnnelik lapsepõlv (Happy Childhood), short film score (1988)
Linn (The City), animated film score (1988)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1989; rev. 1997)
Open(r)ing, orchestra (1989)
From 29 to 49, guitar (or lute), cello ad lib. and tape (1989) [arr. 1993 for fl, cl, vln, vc, pf, perc & live-electronics]
Music for Glasgow, chamber orch, computer & synthesizer (1989) [collaborative work w/Strathclyde School children]
Musik für Karlsruhe in Barockstil, harp and string orchestra (1989) [from film score about Karlsruhe]
Journey, music for one-act ballet (1989) [Part I of "Walking to America"; music for Part II by Laurie Spiegel]
The Borders, acoustic and amplified instruments (bsn, soprano sax, baritone sax, pf, synthesizer, vln) and live-electronics (1990)
Surmamõrsjad (The Brides of Death), puppet film score (1990)
Päkapikud piiluvad (Peeping Snoops), puppet film score (1990)
Ainult hulludele ehk halastajaõde (For Crazy People Only), feature film score (1990)
Igaühele oma (Everyone gets his own), short film score (1990)
Ja nii tagasi ja nii edasi (And Back And Forth), fl, cl, vln, cello, vibraphone, computers & live-electronics (1991; rev. 1993)
Oh, Daddy, Poor, Daddy, incidental music (1991) [collaborative work with Hardi Volmer] [play by Arthur Lee Kopit]
Surmatants (Dance Macabre), feature film score (1991)
Symphony No. 4, "Serena Borealis", orchestra (1992)
Hobuste ballett (A Ballet of Horses), suite for chamber orch (1992) [for Neindorff’s Klassische Reitkunst, at the Riding School]
Musica tenera, orchestra (1992)
Mäng kahele (Play for Two), violin, percussion and live-electronics (1992)
    - Play for Two with Stockholm Extension (with string quartet and vocal ensemble)  (1998)
One Without Two, 2 pianos (1993)
To the Harmony, flute and string orchestra (or 3 or more string quartets) (1993) [1983???]
To Reach Yesterday, cello and piano (1993)
Lisapala (Encore), flute, clarinet and 2 pianos (1993) [arr. 1996 for string orchestra]
Space and Time, piano and live-electronics (1993)
Dracula ja Zombie laps (Dracula and Zombie’s Child), Renaissance instruments and live-electronics (1993)
Nostalgilised faktuurid (Nostalgic Textures), orchestra (1994)
Elutuba (Living Room), puppet film score (1994)
String Quartet (1995)
Spiel für 10 (Play for 10), "Canone terribile, alla diavola", 10 instruments [fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, pf, vln, va, vc, db] (1995)
Symphony No. 5, orchestra (1995)
Come cercando, string orchestra (1995)
Scenario, flute, bass clarinet and piano (1995)
Masquerade, incidental music (1995) [play by Mikhail Lermontov]
Eesti Raadio 70 (Estonian Radio 70), flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, double bass, 4 pianists and percussion (1996)
Laulud eesti abielulüürikast (Songs from Estonian Matrimonial Lyrics) (6 songs), bass (or baritone) and piano (1996) [text: trad.]
Kolm sonetti (Three Sonnets), soprano, reciter, boys’ chorus and orchestra (1996) [text: Shakespeare]
    - To me, my friend (Sonnet No. 104)
    - Then hate me when thou wilt (Sonnet No. 90)
    - Why lov'st thou that which thou receiv'st not gladly? (Sonnet No. 8)
Keegi veel (Someone Else), short film score (1996)
Armastuse ja tulega (Amore et igne/With Love and Fire), oratorio, narrator, chorus and orchestra (1997)
    - text: Linnar Priimägi and Lepo Sumera, after "The Chronicle of Henricus de Lettis" (13th century)
Concerto per voci e strumenti, chamber chorus and string orchestra (1997) [text: Doris Kareva]
Con anima, saxophone quartet (1997)
Musica profana, string orchestra (1997)
Vaikiv odalisk (Silent Odalisque), flute (1997)
Klaveri hääl (Voice of the Piano), piano(s) and live-electronics (1997)
Olivia meistriklass (Olivia’s Master Class), one-act multimedia chamber opera (1997)  [lib: Peeter Jalakas after E. Õunapuu]
Ruumiheli (Space Sound), bowed piano (1997)
Raul Meele juhtumus (The Case of Raul Meel), cantata for tape (1997) [text: Peeter Sauter]
    - originally music for the exhibition "Vita Aborigenum" by the graphic artist Raul Meel
Symphōnē, string orchestra and percussion (1997)
Lupus in fabula, 4 saxophones (1998)
Maa, kus ei kasva puid (The Land Where Trees Don’t Grow), saxophone, accordion, keyboard and vibraphone (1998)
Kolm maailmaimet (Three Wonders of the World), piano concerto for young musicians, pf & chamber orch (or quintet) (1998)
Libarebased ja kooljad (Werefoxes and Ghosts), short film score (1998)
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1998-99)
Confined Spaces (Piiratud ruumiga), one-act ballet (1999) [choreography by Mai Murdmaa]
Odaliskid (Odalisques) (1997/99)
    - Vaikiv odalisk (Silent Odalisque), flute (1997)
    - Tantsiv odalisk (Dancing Odalisque), flute, guitar and cello (1999)
    - Laulev Odalisk (Singing Odalisque), flute, guitar and cello (1999)
    - Nukker odalisk (Sorrowful Odalisque), flute, guitar and cello (1999)
Avakaanon (Opening Canon), 4 or more saxophones (1999)
Autogramm Reinule (Autograph for Rein), piano (1999)
Südameasja (Heart Affairs), flute, soprano sax, cello, percussion, audiotape, videotape, live video and live-electronics (1999)
Kaks Shakespeare’i sonetti (Two Sonnets of Shakespeare), voice and piano (1999) [arr. 200 for soprano & saxophone qt]
    - My Music (Sonnet No. 128)
    - ‘Tis better to be vile (Sonnet No. 121)
Concerto grosso, soprano saxophone, percussion, piano and orchestra (2000)
Symphony No. 6, orchestra (2000)
Meie! (We!), 4 percussionists (2000)
Tähed (Stars), soprano and piano (2000) [text: Marie Under]
Favors Not Flattering, short film score (2012)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Sumera Links     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
Anselmi lugu (Anselm’s Story), ballet in 3 acts (1977-78) [Mai Murdmaa, after E.T.A. Hoffmann's "The Golden Pot"]
Pantomiim (Pantomime), ballet, ensemble of old music (1981) [lib: Kalle Kurg] [staged as "The Ballad of the Wreath"]
Kaleva, 3-part multimedial dance drama, solists, chorus, actors and Shamandrum (1988) [lib: Blossfeldt after "Kalevipoeg"]
    - Saare Piiga Laul Merest (Island Maiden's Song from the Sea), cantata, chorus, actors, fl, pf & bass drum (1988)
    - Linda matab Kalevit (Linda Buries Kalev)
    - Soome Tuuslar (Linda Turns Into a Stone)
Yashcheritsa (The Lizard/Sisalik), ballet in 2 acts (1987/93) [lib: Andrei Petrov after A. Volodin]
Journey, music for one-act ballet (1989) [Part I of "Walking to America"; music for Part II by Laurie Spiegel]
Olivia meistriklass (Olivia’s Master Class), one-act multimedia chamber opera (1997)  [lib: Peeter Jalakas after E. Õunapuu]
Confined Spaces (Piiratud ruumiga), one-act ballet (1999) [choreography by Mai Murdmaa]

Orchestra
In memoriam (In memory of Heino Eller), orchestra (1972)
Muusika kammerorkestrile (Music for Chamber Orchestra) (1977)
Olümpiamuusika I (Olympic Music I), orchestra and tape (1980)
Olümpiamuusika II (Olympic Music II), orchestra and tape (1980)
Symphony No. 1, orchestra (1981)
Pikseloits (Thunder Incantation), orchestra and reciter, ad lib. (1983) [text: traditional]
Symphony No. 2, orchestra (1984)
Suite from "The Lizard" (5 fragments from the ballet), orchestra (1987-88)
Symphony No. 3, orchestra (1988)
Open(r)ing, orchestra (1989)
Music for Glasgow, chamber orch, computer & synthesizer (1989) [collaborative work w/Strathclyde School children]
Symphony No. 4, "Serena Borealis", orchestra (1992)
Hobuste ballett (A Ballet of Horses), suite for chamber orch (1992) [for Neindorff’s Klassische Reitkunst, at the Riding School]
Musica tenera, orchestra (1992)
Lisapala (Encore), flute, clarinet and 2 pianos (1993) [arr. 1996 for string orchestra]
Nostalgilised faktuurid (Nostalgic Textures), orchestra (1994)
Symphony No. 5, orchestra (1995)
Come cercando, string orchestra (1995)
Musica profana, string orchestra (1997)
Symphōnē, string orchestra and percussion (1997)
Symphony No. 6, orchestra (2000)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1989; rev. 1997)
Musik für Karlsruhe in Barockstil, harp and string orchestra (1989) [from film score about Karlsruhe]
To the Harmony, flute and string orchestra (or 3 or more string quartets) (1993) [1983???]
Kolm maailmaimet (Three Wonders of the World), piano concerto for young musicians, pf & chamber orch (or quintet) (1998)
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1998-99)
Concerto grosso, soprano saxophone, percussion, piano and orchestra (2000)

Chorus w/Orchestra
Elust ja surmast (About Life and Death), cantata, [male?] chorus and orchestra (1975) [text: after Ly Seppel]
Timor (Fear), cantata, chorus, flute, percussion and piano (1981) [text: H-K. Hellat] [part of "Mushroom Cantata"]
Carmen autumnus (Autumn Song), cantata, chorus, flute, perc & piano (1982) [text: H-K. Hellat] [part of "Mushroom Cantata"]
Luxuria - Tartu, cantata, chorus, flute, percussion and piano (1983?; fp. 1996) [text: H-K. Hellat] [part of "Mushroom Cantata"]
Seenekantaat (Mushroom Cantata) (1978-1983; fp. 1996) [assembled from 4 earlier works]
    - Carmen Veris (Spring Song), chorus, flute, percussion and piano (1979) [text: H-K. Hellat]
    - Timor (Fear), chorus, flute, percussion and piano (1981) [text: H-K. Hellat]
    - Carmen Autumnus (Autumn Song), chorus, flute, percussion and piano (1982) [text: H-K. Hellat]
    - Luxuria - Tartu, chorus, flute, percussion and piano (1983?; fp. 1996) [text: H-K. Hellat]
Kolm sonetti (Three Sonnets), soprano, reciter, boys’ chorus and orchestra (1996) [text: Shakespeare]
    - To me, my friend (Sonnet No. 104)
    - Then hate me when thou wilt (Sonnet No. 90)
    - Why lov'st thou that which thou receiv'st not gladly? (Sonnet No. 8)
Armastuse ja tulega (Amore et igne/With Love and Fire), oratorio, narrator, chorus and orchestra (1997)
                 - text: Linnar Priimägi and Lepo Sumera, after "The Chronicle of Henricus de Lettis" (13th century)
    - Prologue
    - Falling Action. Year 1185
    - Bishop Meinard
    - Bishop Bertold
    - Journey to Estonia
    - Epilogue
Concerto per voci e strumenti, chamber chorus and string orchestra (1997) [text: Doris Kareva]

Choral
Carmen Veris (Spring Song), cantata, chorus, flute, perc and piano (1979) [text: H-K. Hellat] [part of "Mushroom Cantata"]
Laulupeo tuli (The Song Festival Flame), cantata, boys’ chorus, male chorus and percussion (1985) [text: Mario Kivistik]
Kui tume veel kauaks ka sinu maa (Though your homeland may be in dark for long), chorus (1985) [text: Juhan Livv]
Saare Piiga Laul Merest (Island Maiden's Song from the Sea), cantata, chorus, actors, fl, pf & bass drum (1988)
    - [text: from the Estonian epic poem "Kalevipoeg"]
    - fragments of the cantata used in Part I of "Kaleva", 1988

Chamber
Mäng puhkpillidele (Play for Wind Instruments), wind quintet [flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon] (1976)
Malera Kasuku Trio (Trio by Malera Kasuku), piano trio (1977) [collaborative work w/Mati Kuulberg and Raimo Kangro]
For Boris Björn Bagger and His Friend (1988) -  version for flute, cello and piano (1989)
From 29 to 49, guitar (or lute), cello ad lib. and tape (1989) [arr. 1993 for fl, cl, vln, vc, pf, perc & live-electronics]
The Borders, acoustic and amplified instruments (bsn, soprano sax, baritone sax, pf, synthesizer, vln) and live-electronics (1990)
Ja nii tagasi ja nii edasi (And Back And Forth), fl, cl, vln, cello, vibraphone, computers & live-electronics (1991; rev. 1993)
Mäng kahele (Play for Two), violin, percussion and live-electronics (1992)
    - Play for Two with Stockholm Extension (with string quartet and vocal ensemble)  (1998)
To the Harmony, flute and string orchestra (or 3 or more string quartets) (1993) [1983???]
Lisapala (Encore), flute, clarinet and 2 pianos (1993) [arr. 1996 for string orchestra]
Dracula ja Zombie laps (Dracula and Zombie’s Child), Renaissance instruments and live-electronics (1993)
String Quartet (1995)
Spiel für 10 (Play for 10), "Canone terribile, alla diavola", 10 instruments [fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, pf, vln, va, vc, db] (1995)
Scenario, flute, bass clarinet and piano (1995)
Eesti Raadio 70 (Estonian Radio 70), flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, double bass, 4 pianists and percussion (1996)
Con anima, saxophone quartet (1997)
Lupus in fabula, 4 saxophones (1998)
Maa, kus ei kasva puid (The Land Where Trees Don’t Grow), saxophone, accordion, keyboard and vibraphone (1998)
Odaliskid (Odalisques) (1997/99)
    - Vaikiv odalisk (Silent Odalisque), flute (1997)
    - Tantsiv odalisk (Dancing Odalisque), flute, guitar and cello (1999)
    - Laulev Odalisk (Singing Odalisque), flute, guitar and cello (1999)
    - Nukker odalisk (Sorrowful Odalisque), flute, guitar and cello (1999)
Avakaanon (Opening Canon), 4 or more saxophones (1999)
Südameasja (Heart Affairs), flute, soprano sax, cello, percussion, audiotape, videotape, live video and live-electronics (1999)
Meie! (We!), 4 percussionists (2000)

Instrument and Piano/Keyboard or Guitar
Quasi improvisata [I], violin (or fl/va/vc/bsn/cl) & pf (or hpschd/organ/synthesizer) (1983) [1982?][original title: "Improvisation"]
Valss (Waltz), violin and piano (1984)
Senza metro, clarinet and piano (1986)
Quasi improvisata II, guitar (or electric gtr, or 12-string gtr) and piano (or harpsichord or organ or synthesizer) (1988) [1987?]
    - versions for other instruments
For Boris Björn Bagger and His Friend, melody instrument (fl/sax/cl/rec/mandolin/vc/bsn/va) & gtr (or elec/12 string gtr) (1988)
    - version for flute, cello and piano (1989)
To Reach Yesterday, cello and piano (1993)

Solo Instrument
Kaks pala sooloviiulile (Two Pieces for Solo Violin) (1977)
Sarvelugu (A Horn Piece), horn (1977)
Kaks capriccio't sooloklarnetile (Two Capriccios for Solo Clarinet) (1984)
Vaikiv odalisk (Silent Odalisque), flute (1997)

Piano
Ostinato-variatsioonid (Ostinato-Variations), piano (1967)
Fugett ja postlüüd (Fuguetta and Postludium), piano (1973)
Pianissimo, piano (1976)
In Es, 2 pianos (1978)
Kaks pala aastast 1981 (Two Pieces from the Year 1981), piano (1981)
    - 1981 (The Piece from the Year 1981)
    - Pardon, Fryderyk!
Liblikas, kes ärkas talvel üles (The Butterfly Who Woke Up In Winter), piano (1982) [for young performers]
Nukker toreadoor (The Sad Toreador), piano (1984) [for young performers]
Targem annab järele (The One Who Is Wiser Concedes), piano (1984) [for young performers]
Kümme kaanonit (Ten Canons), 2 pianos (1985)
Variatsioon Nora ja Raffi duo juubeli puhul (Variation written on the jubilee of Nora and Raffi duo), 2 pianos (1987)
    - part of "Vernissage", collaborative work: 20 variations by 20 composers, on a theme of a Latvian folk tune
One Without Two, 2 pianos (1993)
Space and Time, piano and live-electronics (1993)
Klaveri hääl (Voice of the Piano), piano(s) and live-electronics (1997)
Ruumiheli (Space Sound), bowed piano (1997)
Autogramm Reinule (Autograph for Rein), piano (1999)

Vocal
Carmen Veris (Spring Song), bass voice and wind quintet (1978) [text: Henn-Kaarel Hellat]
Linda matab Kalevit (Linda Buries Kalev), mezzo-soprano, vocal quintet (or chamber choir) & early music ensemble (1988/96)
    - revised version of Part II of "Kaleva", 1988
Laulud eesti abielulüürikast (Songs from Estonian Matrimonial Lyrics), bass (or baritone) and piano (1996) [text: traditional]
    - The Black Woman
    - My Deary, My Honey
    - Good Woman Has Many Names
    - The Vigorous Man
    - How to Get to Heaven
    - How Long Does a Man Mourn
Kaks Shakespeare’i sonetti (Two Sonnets of Shakespeare), voice and piano (1999) [arr. 200 for soprano & saxophone qt]
    - My Music (Sonnet No. 128)
    - ‘Tis better to be vile (Sonnet No. 121)
Tähed (Stars), soprano and piano (2000) [text: Marie Under]

Film
. . . more than 70 works, including:
Adamson-Eric, documentary film score (1973)
Pesapaik (A Breeding Place), popular-scientific film score (1975)
Looduse hääled (Voices of Nature), popular-scientific film score (1975)
Juhan Liivi lugu (The Story of Juhan Liiv), popular-scientific film score (1975)
Sündis inimene (A Man Was Borned), documentary film score (1975)
Meie aeg (Our Time), documentary film score (1975)
Inimene ja loodus (Man And Nature), documentary film score (1975)
Aastatega läbi Toompea (Toompea Castle Through Years), documentary film score (1975)
Rabade vaikuses (In the Silence of the Bogs), nature film score (1976)
Kütt (The Hunter), animated film score (1976)
Jänes (The Rabbit), animated film score (1976)
Tugevad oma tões (Strong in their Truth), documentary film score (1976)
Surma hinda küsi surnutelt (Ask the Dead About the Price of Death), feature film score (1977)
Antennid jääs (Antenna in the Ice), animated film score (1977)
100 meetrit selili kammerorkestri saatel (A hundred meters of backstroking), documentary film score (1978)
Tuulte pesa (Nest of the Winds/Gnezdo Na Vetru), feature film score (1979)
Kõrboja peremees (The Master of Kõrboja), feature film score (1979)
Kas on ikka rasvane? (Is It Tallowy Enough), animated film score (1979) [1978?]
Kaks päeva Viktor Kingissepa elust (Two Days from the Life of Viktor Kingissepp), TV film score (1980)
Suur Tõll (Tõll the Great/Tyll the Giant), animated film score (1980)
Põrgu (Hell/Die Hölle), animated film score (1983)
Lurich, documentary film score (1983)
Kodulinna head vaimud (Good Ghosts of the Hometown), documentary film score (1983)
Imeline nääriöö (Magical New Year's Eve), puppet film score (1984)
Mitme kandiga Õun (The Multifaced Õun), documentary film score (1984)
Nõiutud saar (Enchanted Island), puppet film score (1985)
Naerata ometi! (Well, Come On, Smile), feature film score (1985)
Kerjus (The Beggar/Der Bettler), animated film score (1985)
Kaleva hääled (The Sounds of Kaleva), documentary film score (1985)
Kevadine kärbes (Spring Fly/Die Frühlingsfliege), puppet film score (1986)
Elujõgi (River of Life), puppet film score (1986)
Õnnelind flamingo (Flamingo: the Bird of Luck), TV film score (1986)
Sõda (The War/Der Krieg), puppet film score (1987)
Vaatleja (The Observer/The Bird Watcher/Der Vogelbeobachter), feature film score (1987)
Varastatud kohtumine (Stolen Date/Das verpasste Treffen), feature film score (1988)
Doktor Stockmann (Doctor Stockmann/The Public Enemy), feature film score (1988)
Õnnelik lapsepõlv (Happy Childhood), short film score (1988)
Linn (The City), animated film score (1988)
Surmamõrsjad (The Brides of Death), puppet film score (1990)
Päkapikud piiluvad (Peeping Snoops), puppet film score (1990)
Ainult hulludele ehk halastajaõde (For Crazy People Only), feature film score (1990)
Igaühele oma (Everyone gets his own), short film score (1990)
Surmatants (Dance Macabre), feature film score (1991)
Elutuba (Living Room), puppet film score (1994)
Keegi veel (Someone Else), short film score (1996)
Libarebased ja kooljad (Werefoxes and Ghosts), short film score (1998)
Favors Not Flattering, short film score (2012)

Incidental/Theater
Love And Death, incidental music (1984) [play by Anton Hansen Tammsaare]
Werewolf, incidental music (1986) [play by August Kitzberg]
Oh, Daddy, Poor, Daddy, incidental music (1991) [collaborative work with Hardi Volmer] [play by Arthur Lee Kopit]
Masquerade, incidental music (1995) [play by Mikhail Lermontov]

Electronic/Electroacoustic
Olümpiamuusika I (Olympic Music I), orchestra and tape (1980)
Olümpiamuusika II (Olympic Music II), orchestra and tape (1980)
From 29 to 49, guitar (or lute), cello ad lib. and tape (1989) [arr. 1993 for fl, cl, vln, vc, pf, perc & live-electronics]
Music for Glasgow, chamber orch, computer & synthesizer (1989) [collaborative work w/Strathclyde School children]
The Borders, acoustic and amplified instruments (bsn, soprano sax, baritone sax, pf, synthesizer, vln) and live-electronics (1990)
Ja nii tagasi ja nii edasi (And Back And Forth), fl, cl, vln, cello, vibraphone, computers & live-electronics (1991; rev. 1993)
Mäng kahele (Play for Two), violin, percussion and live-electronics (1992)
    - Play for Two with Stockholm Extension (with string quartet and vocal ensemble)  (1998)
Space and Time, piano and live-electronics (1993)
Dracula ja Zombie laps (Dracula and Zombie’s Child), Renaissance instruments and live-electronics (1993)
Klaveri hääl (Voice of the Piano), piano(s) and live-electronics (1997)
Raul Meele juhtumus (The Case of Raul Meel), cantata for tape (1997) [text: Peeter Sauter]
    - originally music for the exhibition "Vita Aborigenum" by the graphic artist Raul Meel
Südameasja (Heart Affairs), flute, soprano sax, cello, percussion, audiotape, videotape, live video and live-electronics (1999)


SUMERA  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
Lepo Sumera - Obituary (The Guardian)
Lepo Sumera as a Symphonist (Merike Vaitmaa, Fazer Music News, via zzz.ee)
The Torchbearer Dies - Estonia in Shock at Composer Lepo Sumera's Death (Mel Huang, Central Europe Review)

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Publisher
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Streaming Audio
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Recordings
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Video
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