Estonian Soil
and Estonian Heart

Glasperlenspiel Festival 2024

08/07/2024 19:00

Tartu Jaani kirik

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Festival Glasperlenspiel
Mon, July 8th at 7 pm St. John’s church (Jaani kirik), Tartu
ESTONIAN SOIL AND ESTONIAN HEART
Estonian National Male Choir, Rein Rannap (piano), conductor Mikk Üleoja
Songs by Rein Rannap

The joint concert of the Estonian National Male Choir and Rein Rannap is undoubtedly one of the highlights of this year’s Glasperlenspiel, bringing Rannap’s timeless songs to the texts of Estonian poets Lydia Koidula, Ott Arder, Urmas Alender, Hando Runnel and others to the audience in a new setting. Originally arranged by Siim Aimla, Kuldar Schütz and Riivo Jõgi for male choir a cappella, the Tartu concert will feature all the songs with the composer himself on piano, who will also add introductions and solo parts. Alongside the best-known and best-loved tunes, the programme will include a significant new work by Rannap on the theme of war, created to words from Estonian folklore, in which both choir and piano can, according to the composer, go wild in an ethno-rock style. Rannap has said of the new piece: “I felt that I could add a slightly longer song to this programme, where I could push the accelerator pedal to the bottom and take both the choir and the piano to the extreme.”

 

The Estonian National Male Choir is one of the best-known and most prestigious male choirs in the world. In 2004, the choir was awarded with the Grammy award for the best choral performance, first for Estonia. Under the direction of Mikk Üleoja, the choir constantly records for Estonian Public Broadcasting and collaborates with several renowned record companies. The albums with music by Italian composers Giovanni Bonato and Giovanni Gabriel and works by Baltic composers Erkki-Sven Tüür, Peteris Vasks and Juste Janulyte are expected to be released. During its long history, the choir has performed all over Estonia and the former Soviet Union, as well as in many European countries, Israel, Canada, the USA, China, Japan and Singapore.  In 2015, Estonian National Male Choir and Mikk Üleoja were awarded the State Cultural Award, marking the choir’s remarkable performances.


Sõda sõitis siia ilma (‘War Came to this World’) for male choir and piano
Music – Rein Rannap, lyrics – Estonian folklore

Sõda sõitis siia ilma
Mässamine siia maale

Sõda hakkas sõudemaie

Sõda sõtkub meie õue
Katku tallab me tänava
Tina oli tihke, raud oli raske
Raud oli raske, püss oli suuri
See käis hella hinge peale

Siis tuli tuline kuuli
Siis vehkis verine mõõka
Selga pandi surmasärki

Kes tõi sõjasõnumida
Kes see kandis vaenukeeli

Sõjaleiba sõtkutakse
Vaenuleiba voolitakse

Nõnda sõjas meeste päida
Kui on soossa mätta’aida
Nõnda sõjas sääreluida
Kui on aias roika’aida
Nõnda sõjas sõrmeluida
Kui on metsas vitsavardaid
Nõnda sõjas meeste silmi
Kui on tähti taeva’asse
Sõjas vööni meeste verda
Pooli sääri poiste verda


Organizers:
Peeter Vähi – artistic director
Tiina Jokinen – executive director
Kadri Kiis – producer, accountant
Meeta Morozov – musicologist, editor of festival booklet
AI – design
Olavi Sööt – co-producer, video, logistics
Reno Hekkonens – marketing director, PR
Johannes Vähi – co-producer, webmaster, sound engineering, logistics
Marje Hansar – social media

Special thanks: Tartu City Government, Urmas Klaas, Triin Käpp, Jana Raud, Ministry of Culture of Estonia, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Canon and Overall, Toyota, St John’s church, Eesti Kontsert, Jana Moosar, Kaupo Kiis, Kristel Leppik, Anne-Liise Kiis, volunteers

                  

               Eesti Kultuurkapital