The fourth book in the series "Estonian Classical Music" introduces the life and work of the Estonian composer and organist Peeter Süda – his studies at the St. Petersburg conservatoire in Russia, friendship with composers Mart Saar, Juhan Aavik and Cyrillus Kreek, collecting Estonian folk songs, activities as organ soloist and Tallinn Music Higher School's pedagogue.
The book includes a CD with Süda's all organ works and choral song "Flax Puller", and the organ arrangement of F. Liszt's symphonic poem "Tasso. Lamento e trionfo". Organ music is recorded by Ines Maidre in 1996 in Helsinki, Finland, on the organs of the St. John's Church and the Old Church.
Peeter Süda (1883–1920) is an Estonian composer who devoted all of his talent and inspiration to one instrument – the organ. Süda’s seven completed organ opuses constitute a much-treasured contribution to the beginnings of Estonian organ music. Composer's only choral work, the "Flax Puller", is the first choral fugue in Estonian music based on folklore. Estonian Theatre and Music Museum was based on the heritage of Peeter Süda.
Author: Ines Maidre
Published in 2005
Text in Estonian and English
Translation: A&A Lingua
Design: Everi Vähi
Editors: Tiia Järg, Evi Arujärv, Kaja Irjas
Published by Estonian Music Information Centre