||[May. 18th, 2008|01:05 pm]
English-speakers learning Estonian
i'm going to tallinn next month for an audition, and was curious if anybody was familiar with estonian classical music? i'm currently looking for a song by an estonian composer to sing-- anybody have any ideas? sorry that this doesn't really have to do with the language, but there's not really an LJ Estonia community that i know of! tänan...
There are many, many Estonian composers to choose from. What sort of song are you looking for? Also, what voice do you sing? Are you looking for just a name, or would you need sheet music as well?
Your question was pretty vague so I'm throwing out a few thoughts here:
Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis are active classical composers who have both written extremely beautiful choral works. Pärt's compositions tend towards 'sacred' music, while Tormis draws heavy inspiration from Estonian folk music.
Raimond Valgre wrote many popular songs in the first half of the 20th century; the most well-known of these is "Saaremaa Valss".
Other composers include Gustav Ernesaks, Juhan Aavik, August Topman, Roman Toi... I could go on and on.
A personal favorite of mine, though, is "Oma Saar", set to music by Juhan Simm. It also features a nice baritone solo, if that's something you'd be interested in.
Hope this was helpful.
thanks for your response... specifically i am looking for something for solo voice and piano (or orchestral reduction). i am a baritone. i do know quite a bit about estonian choral repertoire, but as far as solo voice i am a bit in the dark. any ideas? is this "oma saar" something that i could sing solo, or is backed by a choir? and would you happen to know where i could get sheet music online? thanks once again!
Ok, my knowledge of solo stuff is also a bit lacking.
"Oma saar" is backed by a choir, but you could also have a piano play the backing voices, I think. Here's a scan of the sheet music, so you can take a look for yourself. I could also probably dig up a recording of this song if you wanted.
Alas I don't know of an online sheet music repository. I scanned this myself, and I can't think of anything else I have that might suit your needs.
I think that the best way is to find some musical samples in Youtube. It is easy and fast.
But! When we studied in Tallinn, once we was in Laulupidu - it was AMAZING!!!! And If You have such an opportunity - it will be really interesting for You.