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  • 1. Kuressaare Gymnasium Estonia National music portrait
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    • The earliest mentioning of Estonian singing and dancing dates back to Saxo (1179)
      • Saxo speaks of Estonian warriors who sang at night while waiting for an epic battle
    • The older folksongs are referred to as runic songs
      • songs in the poetic metre „regivärss“ the tradition shared by all Baltic-Finnic peoples
      • 3. Runic singing was widespread among Estonians until the 18th century, when it started to be replaced by rhythmic folksongs
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  • 5. Folk music
    • Estonian runo-song (Estonian: regilaul) has been extensively recorded and studied
    • 6. They can come in many forms, including work songs, ballads and epic legends
    • 7. Much of the early scholarly study of runo-song was done in the 1860s by Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald, who used them to compose the Estonian national epic, Kalevipoeg
  • 8. In the 1860s, Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald used regilaul as the basis for the national epic poem "Kalevipoeg"
  • 9. National awakening, song festivals
    • After the Estonian national awakening the first professional Estonian musicians emerged
    • 10. In 1896 the tradition of the song festival was born along with Estonian national awakening
    • 11. The first national song festival was held in Tartu
    • 12. The Estonian Song Festival (In Estonian: Laulupidu) is one of the largest amateur choral events in the world
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  • 14. Famous musicians
    • The most known Estonian composers are René Eespere, Ester Mägi, Arvo Pärt, Urmas Sisask, Veljo Tormis and Erkki-Sven Tüür
    • 15. The girl band Vanilla Ninja are one of the best-known Estonians in popular music, Kerli has had moderate success in the United States
    • 16. Estonia has won the Eurovision contest once with Dave Benton, Tanel Padar „Everybody“
  • 17. Tanel Padar, Dave Benton
  • 18. Arvo Pärt Veljo Tormis Erkki-Sven Tüür
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