Urmas Sisask

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Urmas Sisask in 2011.
Estonian TV Girls' Choir with Urmas Sisask at St Paul's cathedral in London, 2008.

Urmas Sisask (born 9 September 1960, in Rapla) is an Estonian composer.[1]

One of the major inspirations for his music is astronomy. Based on the trajectories of the planets in the Solar System, he created the "planetal scale", a mode consisting of the pitches C#, D, F#, G#, and A. Later, he discovered to his surprise that this was exactly the same as the Japanese Kumajoshi mode, which is also known as the Japanese pentatonic scale.

Sisask is a Roman Catholic, and much of what he composes is sacred music. His younger sister is singer and actress Siiri Sisask.


  • Starry Sky Cycle (Estonian: "Tähistaeva tsükkel") (1980–1987)
  • Gloria Patri (1988)
  • Pleiads ("Plejaadid") (1989)
  • Milky Way ("Linnutee galaktika") (1990)
  • Andromeda ("Andromeda galaktika") (1991)
  • Benedictio (for mixed chorus) (1991)
  • Christmas oratorio ("Jõuluoratoorium") (1992)
  • Magnificat
  • Missa Nr. 1
  • Symbiotic Symphony ("Sümbiootiline Sümfoonia")
  • Comet Hyakutake
  • Ave Sol
  • Missa Nr. 4 op. 46: Christmas mass ("Jõulumissa")
  • Polaris ("Põhjanael")
  • Veni Sancte Spiritus

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Urmas Sisask". Fennica Gehrman. Retrieved 2020-07-04.