July 26 marks 180 years since the birth of Carl Robert Jakobson. In the winter of 1869, Jakobson, also known as the author of the text under the pseudonym “Linnutaja” (The Birdman), suggested that Aleksander Kunileid, a new graduate of the Cimze Seminary, would create music for Lydia Koidula’s text “My Fatherland Is My Love”. This song was one of two works by an Estonian composer that was planned at the 1st Estonian Song Festival. Kunileid created for Jakobson’s own text male choir work with an apparently timeless title – “All is not lost yet”, which was published in 1871 in Jakobson’s own publication “Wanemuine kandle healed. Choirs of men with four voices. Published by C. R. Jakobson. Second section. “
Mariliis Valkonen has written: “I like to think of a musical piece as of a song”.
Proof of this is her music, sounding in the repertoire of Estonian choirs. One of the favourite songs is definitely “White Bird”. Her music is available on SoundCloud. Congratulations to the composer on her upcoming birthday!
Due to the virus outbreak that has hit the world, the whole music life has been on hiatus for more than a year now. Now, in the spring of 2021, we are looking forward to the future and hope that in the summer or later in the autumn we will be able to live a normal life again and meet again in rehearsals and concerts.
Noodiriiul tries to make sure that new music reaches all of us, which we can enjoy.
A collection with Estonian mixed choir music “Have you sung? Works for mixed choir from Estonia 2021” is now available.
The collection includes works by Mariliis Valkonen, Mart Siimer, Mari Vihmand, Mari Amor, Ardo Ran Varres, Kadri Hunt and Andres Lemba.
The title of the collection is inspired by one of the repetitive phrases in the text
written by Valdur Mikita in Mari Amor’s song “The Test of Getting to God”: “Have you sung?”
On March 14th (the birthday of Kristjan Jaak Peterson) we celebrate Mother Tongue Day. Many Estonian composers have been inspired by Kristjan Jaak’s work, for example Hugo Lepnurm, Veljo Tormis, Pärt Uusberg, and Aare Kruusimäe. For the 220th birthday of the poet, Aare Kruusimäe’s / Kristjan Jaak Peterson’s “The Singer” has been added to Noodiriiul.
We are celebrating the 103rd birthday of Estonia by adding the sheet music of Estonia’s national anthem to Noodiriiul. “My Native Land, My Pride and Joy” by Fredrik Pacius / Johann Voldemar Jannsen is free for all to download.
Despite the inconveniences caused by the coronavirus, the Estonian Choral Association held a new choral music concert on November 7, 2020 in the Tallinn Methodist Church. The artistic director of the concert was Nele Erastus. The concert was recorded by Klassikaraadio and can be listened here. Among the new works performed at the concert, the Music Shelf is pleased to make available “Breathe”, music by Mariliis Valkonen, text by Peep Ilmet.
Today, September 19th of 2020, marks 71 years since the birth of Peep Sarapik. Thanks to the composer’s sister, we were able to make Sarapik’s choral song, “Like a Homing Bee” (lyrics by Juhan Liiv) available on Noodiriiul.
That was the name of the song, that we know as “Oh, Sing and Rejoice” by Karl August Hermann. Hereby we bring you a fresh version of the song, which original score lies in Estonian History Museum. Who was the editor of this very version is until now unknown. If you have any information about that, please enlight us too!
Hello! Today, on April 8, 2020, we placed the first note on the shelf – Mari Amor’s work for the female choir “As the sun rises”. Thanks to Mari for the trust!
The long preparatory work is behind and the Music shelf is open to everyone, near and far. We will do our best to make it the beginning of a long and fruitful journey!