Gerta Raidma
Gerta Raidma
Composer
Gerta Raidma (b. 1995) is from Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. She started learning the piano and wrote her first small piano pieces when she was 7 years old. In 2016 she began her Bachelor degree studies in composition with Helena Tulve at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. She also sings in the award-winning Estonian chamber choir Collegium Musicale. Lately her main sources of inspiration have been psychology and nature. Raidma has won multiple competitions for young composers in Estonia. Her choir piece ‘je suis’ was commissioned by the festival Estonian Music Days 2018 as a prize for winning the EMD Young Composer Competition in 2017 with her piece ‘I dance with my thought of you in the freezing wind’ for small ensemble. ‘je suis’ was also one of the two recommended works in the category for composers under 30 years old at the 66th International Rostrum of Composers in 2019. Raidma has also participated at the highSCORE New Music Festival in Italy and attended a masterclass by Christopher Theofanidis.

JE SUIS je suis le silence d’or, le silence assourdissant de la forêt je suis fragile, blessée je suis perdu dans les bras de la nuit je suis une algue […]

JE SUIS
je suis le silence d’or, le silence assourdissant de la forêt
je suis fragile, blessée
je suis perdu dans les bras de la nuit
je suis une algue souple dans les vagues
je suis la fleur des champs, le lys des vallées
je suis un papillon de nuit qui veut retourner vers la lumière
je suis le feu, le phénix qui renaît de ses cendres
je suis l’amante, la Faucheuse, la chute libre
je suis la première neige après une longue obscurité
je suis vivante
je n’ai plus peur

 

I am the golden silence, the deafening silence of the forest
I am fragile, wounded
I am lost in the arms of the night
I am a supple seaweed in the waves
I am the flower of the field, the lily of the valley
I am a moth that wants to return to the light
I am the fire, the phoenix rising from the ashes
I am a lover, the reaper, a free fall
I am the first snow after a long darkness
I am alive
I am not afraid anymore

(text by Gerta Raidma)