Einojuhani Rautavaara


Age: 87

Finnish composer who was arguably Finland's most famous classical composer since the era of Jean Sibelius and produced eight symphonies, seven operas, 14 concertos, and dozens of other orchestral and vocal compositions, but who achieved international fame with his seventh symphony Angel of Ligh in 1994 and was known for music that explored mystical and romantic themes, appreciated the mathematically precise application of 12-tone techniques, and employed innovative use of recorded birdsong.

Cause of Death: Complications from hip surgery

Born: October 9, 1928

Died: July 27, 2016

Helsinki, Finland