Estonian National Anthem for String Orchestra

Fredrik Pacius(1809-1891) Arranged by Keith Terrett
Easy (Grades 1-3)
1 minute
Classical music
String orchestra
Instrumental parts
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An arrangement for String Orchestra of the Estonian National Anthem.

Mu isamaa ("My Fatherland, My Happiness and Joy") was adopted as the national anthem of Estonia in 1920, and again in 1990.

The lyrics were written by Johann Voldemar Jannsen and are set to a melody composed in 1848 by Fredrik (Friedrich) Pacius which is also that of the national anthem of Finland.

The song was first presented to the public as a choral work in the Grand Song Festival of Estonia in 1869 and quickly became a symbol of the Estonian National Awakening.

Between 1956 and 1990 the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, a part of the Soviet Union, had a different anthem. Although Mu isamaa, was banned under Soviet rule, the people of Estonia could often hear the melody, as Finland’s state broadcaster YLE, whose radio and television broadcasts were received in Northern Estonia, played the Finnish national anthem at closedown every night.

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