t was Estonian illustrator and cartoonist Heinz Valk who first used the term “Singing Revolution” to describe the spontaneous musical gatherings that swept Estonia in the summer of 1988. Far from being a piece of hyperbole, Valk’s memorable turn of phrase was an accurate description of what was happening in the Baltic States at the time. It also shed profound light on the role of music in Baltic history, and its importance as a herald of social convulsions.
1869: The first Estonian Song Festival, Tartu
Nineteenth-century newspaper editor Johann Voldemar Jannsen was concerned about the declining role of authentic folk culture in Estonian life and thought that the encouragement of choral music would not only reverse this trend but also promote Estonian patriotism at the same...Read More