FINAL REPORT. MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE
Duration and location of the project:
Project started on September 1, 2007 and finished on August 31, 2008. Concerts took place in Pärnu city – Pärnu Concert Hall and St. Elizabeth Church – and Pärnu County, in particular the church in Tori. In July 25th, 2008 in Tori St. George Church (Estonian Memorial Church for Soldiers) a David Oistrakh Festival concert took place. It was dedicated to musicians who were victims of Nazism or Stalinism. The memorial plaque was opened there: IN MEMORIAL. TO ALL REPRESSED MUSICIANS.
The objectives of the project:
- To introduce music composed by musicians who were perished or repressed during 2nd World War;
- To order new compositions and perform music connected to this matter;
- To add a memorial plaque to Tori church, dedicated to European composers who suffered and died in camps and ghettos;
- To map out the lives and works of Estonian musicians who were deported or sent to camps, to list their works continuing the studies;
- To release CD with performed music;
- To put in order the music sheets conncted to repression
- To value the historical experience of the repressions to the young musicians by music
These objectives will be achieved through a series of concerts and programmes put together especially with the emphasis on the background of performed works and lives of composers, often too short.
In the project took part RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet from Ireland, mixed-choir „Latvija“, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg festival Orchestra and other musicians. The main goal was to bring the knowledge about Nazi and Stalinism to younger people through the music. The Neeme Järvi Summer Academy’s programme consisted of this kind of music which talked about the suffering musicians. So, young conducters could know about this music and composers. Also famous musicians Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, Esa Ruuttunen, David Geringas and young talented musicians Antti Siirala, Clara Abou, Kiyotaka Teraoka, Tatjana Berman, Selvadore Rähni, Michie Koyama and others took part in the project.
There were 220 persons taking part of the project in musical collectives, there were also 35 soloists and conductors. In recording and montageing and radio translations there were involved 20 persons. There were 7 concerts in the festival, there were recorded 4 hours and 40 minutes of music and 194 sheets of music were put in order. There were 1400 visitors of the concerts and there was also a possibility to listen to the concerts from the Estonian National Broadcasting translation.
So far there has been no study on Estonian composers who were deported and sent to camps, therefore we know very little of their lives and works. A study mapping such composers, their living and working conditions, camp locations, etc should enable further studies as well as augment general knowledge and understanding of that time. The study will be published and made available to schools and libraries.
Programme notes of project’s concerts will have details of composers’ lives, often cut short by incarceration in camps and ghettos. For example, works of the Czech composers Viktor Ullmann and Pavel Haas, who perished in camps are little or not known at all in Northern Europe. Olivier Messiaen is well-known composer in XX century: his music composed in camp was performed during the project; also music by Schostakovich. A new work by Estonian composer Galina Grigorjeva was performed. The idea of this composition is connected with this matter. Also a work by repressed Estonian composer Helmut Rosenvald was performed. A new CD with all this music was produced. There was written a study about Estonian musicians who were repressed.