Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Flamma receives its UK premiere at the BBC Proms on Thursday 3 August. The 16 minute work for string orchestra will be performed by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen conducted by fellow Estonian Paavo Järvi.
Tüür's approach to composition is not dissimilar to how architect might design a building such as a cathedral, a theatre, or other public space, though he says that the responsibility of the composer goes further, constructing drama inside the space, with different characters and forces, creating a certain living form of energy.
Intensely energetic transformations form the main characteristic of Tüür’s music, with instrumental music making up the main body
of his work. To date, he has composed nine symphonies, a number of works for symphony and string orchestra, nine instrumental concertos, a wide variety of chamber music and an opera.