On the trail of the Forgotten Peoples – new documentary

Collegium Musicale


On the trail of the Forgotten Peoples – new documentary

On the 16th of January at 15.30 there will be a presentation of new documentary “On the trail of the Forgotton Peoles” in cinema Artis in Tallinn. Film director Erle Veber, producer Ruth Alaküla.

Kadi Raudalainen – Fenno-Ugria
Ruth Alaküla – Estonian TV
Endrik Üksvärav – Collegium Musicale

The impetus for this project is from one of the most reputable and distinct Estonian composer’s Veljo Tormis (1930-2017). His six-part choir cycle “Forgotten Peoples” is comprised of Livonian Heritage, Votic Wedding Songs, Izhorian Epic, Ingrian Evenings, Vepsian Paths, and Karelian Destiny. “Forgotten Peoples” was written from 1970 to 1989. The basis for this are the so called “runic songs” of six Finno-Ugric peoples.
During the four-concert tour in the native lands of the Finno-Ugric, the movements as a whole can be heard along with snippets from other movements. Local folk-musicians and folk-ensembles have been invited to take part in the concerts.
The first gest was called “On the Trails of Karelia” and it took the choir towards the Republic of Karelia in Russia through “runic villages”. From these villages during the 19th century, a majority of the material for the Finnic National Epic Kalveala was gathered. The second journey took place in July 2018 to Vepsian and Ingerian peoples.

The concert-tour “On the Trail of the Forgotten Peoples” was part of Estonia 100 programme and was a thought of as a present for our neighbouring kindred people. It is also a gesture of promoting Veljo Tormis’ music, Estonian choral-tradition and a way of preserving the culture around us.

The trip is organized in collaboration with organisation Fenno-Ugria.