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Helen Tobias-Duesberg
1919 - 2010
Estonia / United States of America
H. Tobias - Duesberg
Helen Tobias - Duesberg (11/06/1919 - 04/02/2010), a female Estonian-American composer. Duesberg studied in Estonia from 1937-43 and in Berlin from 1943-47. Mother of the famous pianist Maya Roos. Helen Tobias was born in New York City. Tobias was the youngest daughter of Estonian composer, Rudolf Tobias. She studied music composition at the Tallinn Conservatoire, which is now known as the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, under Artur Kapp and Heino Eller. She also received training from August Topman and graduated from the Conservatoire as an organist in 1943. She later studied at the Berlin University of Music as well. Tobias-Duesberg moved to the United States from Estonia, which was then part of the Soviet Union, in 1951. She began composing music and performing at several churches in New York City. She composed chamber, vocal and symphonic pieces, the most famous of which may be Requiem, which was composed for orchestra, mixed choir and soloists. Helen Tobias-Duesberg died in Savannah, Georgia, on February 4, 2010, at the age of 90.
Period:21st century
Composed in:2002
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Label(s):NYLCC 006
The requiem (the orchestration is said to have been "completed" by the conductor here, whatever that means) for orchestra, mixed choir and soloists, is a big work of 47 minutes in an attractive style which mixes Romanticism with more modern, sometimes dissonant elements (used where dramatically appropriate).
There are two versions: for female choir and mixed choir.
Contributor:Herman Ram