Pictures from Tallinn Vol. 1
by Eugen Kapp
Demo CD included
1. Kadriorg in Springtime (2)
The Narva-Chaussee begins at the Viru Place (Russian market) and soon reaches what was probably the most beautiful and biggest park in Tallinn, the Kadriorg Park. The park and the baroque palace were designed and laid out as a summer residence in the years 1 7 1 8 - 1 7 2 3 on the command of Tsar Peter I and named in honour of Tsar Jekaterinental's wife (Ekaterinenthal or Catherinenthal) in Estonian Kadriorg). Experiencing spring in this baroque area with its buildings and green areas, is a great pleasure, which the Tallinners truly appreciate after a long and dark winter.
2. "Pioneers March" (8)
The pieces in these booklets were composed in the years 1 9 4 8 and 1 9 4 9, in a time marches often took place. These marches even involved young pioneers. Eugen Kapp is the son of the even more important composer Artur Kapp (1 8 7 8 - 1 9 5 2). According to the Estonians, Artur was more of a good composer whereas his son Eugen rather more of a good communist. The "Pioneer March" is not to be played too martially considering the irony that can be felt within.
3. Linda´s Stone (12)
Linda was grieving for her husband Kalev, she alleviated her suffering through lamentations and her sadness through tears. Then she hauled boulders to build a tomb as a reminder for future generations. Even to this day, a hill of boulders can be seen at this place, as Cathedral Hill is the tumulus mound over Kalev?s grave. During the hard work of hauling boulders, she once was so exhausted that she dropped a boulder to the ground. It created a deep hollow where her tears collected and Lake Ülemiste was formed. The boulder Linda lost and where she once shed her tears can be seen from the shore.
4. Night in Roadstead (15)
The town of Tallinn is beautifully situated at the sea. Arriving by ship is a great experience, the town literally rises out of the sea. At first Cathedral Hill can be seen, then the church steeples appear and finally the whole silhouette is in front of you - it is a unique moment, not only because of the slow approach. Occasionally, ships lie in the roads , dropping anchors outside the dock. You can see the city lights during the night from there ? a fantastic view.
5. Song Festival (19)
Adjacent to Kadriorg Park are the song festival grounds where well-known song festivals regularly take place. The stage can accommodate about 20 000 singers and the auditorium more than 200 000 spectators ? who are then indeed present. An indescribable sensation for the eyes and ears.
Tallinn is a wonderful town and passionately takes possession of you. The Lower Town is sizzling with life and on top of Cathedral Hill, you can feel the imprint of a different era in time. Here you take a rest, ponder the atmosphere and realize that you have fallen in love with this town in a mysterious way.
In 1 9 9 7, the Old Town of Tallinn was included in UNESCO´s list of World Heritage Sites. Among the numerous attractions are the Dominican monastery founded in 1 2 4 6, the 600-year-old town hall and the town hall pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. 26 defence towers and long sections of the town wall have been preserved and the numerous churches are astonishing. The views from the terraces of Cathedral Hill provide an unforgettable glimpse into the lanes and streets of the town. I have visited Tallinn many times and it makes me feel "at home? whenever I stay there.
In the years 1 9 4 8 and 1 9 4 9 Eugen Kapp composed his piano cycle "Pictures of Tallinn" (Tallinna pildid) which were published in print for the first time in 1 9 5 0 and have not been available for a long time. You are now holding a new edition in your hands.
Booklet 1 (easy pieces) and Booklet 2 (intermediate pieces). I have added photos from my photo inventory to the booklets, which reflect impressions, moods and events. In winter and spring when the trees are without foliage you are provided with different views than in summer, and in this regard Tallinn can always be discovered anew again and again - and now also by means of the piano.
I am sure you have and have had a pleasant stay and I hope you enjoy and have enjoyed watching, playing and listening.
Piano music from Estonia
Music by Eugen Kapp
Eres Estonia Edition