Els Aarne

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Els Aarne (jur Else, from 1940 Els Paemurru; 30 March 1917 – 14 June 1995) was an Estonian composer and pedagogue.

She was born in Makiivka, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) and studied at Tallinn Conservatory, graduating as a music teacher in 1939, in 1942 as pianist and in 1946 as composer under Heino Eller.[1] Els was famous, among other things, as a chamber music composer (preferring to compose for violoncello and double-bass); in addition, she wrote two symphonies.

Her son is a cellist and politician Peeter Paemurru.


  1. ^ "Arne, Els." Estonian Music Information Center. 12 Oct. 2008 <http://www.emic.kul.ee/heliloojad/els_aarne.htm>.