Aleksander Rüütel

Aleksander Rüütel. Photo: R. Hansen 1961. ERA, Foto 5388.

The concertina player Aleksander Rüütel lives in Kõnnu village. We also went by his place. He had promised to be home on Tuesday and play as much as was necessary. He was sure he would be able to play 20–30 pieces. An amazing man! (From the field work diary of O. Kõiva, May 31, 1961; Rüütel 2015: 167)

In the morning, we all went together to Valjala to film and record. Firstly, we drove through Aleksander Rüütel's place. We arrived earlier than agreed, but he was ready in a matter of minutes. A. Rüütel was born in Pöide. He learned the majority of his instrumental pieces in Valjala, but also from elsewhere, because "when I was younger, I moved around more and learned in many places". (Form the field work diary of O. Kõiva, June 6, 1961; Rüütel 2015: 174–175)

In the Valjala municipality the fiddler Juhan Lätt and the concertina player Aleksander Rüütel made music. The latter also accompanied the Valjala dancers /---/. (From the description of the video "Songmakers, singers and instrumentalists"; Rüütel 2014: 28)

The most serious filming task of the day was the dance. Aleksander Rüütel's dance pieces were recorded. During the filming, the dancers danced to the recorded accompaniment, so there would be not editing difficulties afterwards. (From the field work diary of O. Kõiva, June 6, 1961; Rüütel 2015: 175)


Aleksander Rüütel, born 1901, Kõnnu village [Valjala parish], comes from Kalma village [Pöide parish]. Filmed by R. Hansen in 1961.



Asva village (Pöide)

Audla village (Pöide)

Haeska village (Valjala)

Kalma village (Pöide)

Kiriku village (Valjala)

Kungla village (Valjala)

Kõiguste village (Pöide)

Kõnnu village (Valjala)

Liiva-Putla village (Püha)

Loona village (Püha)

Mässa village (Jämaja)

Orinõmme village (Pöide)

Oti settlement (Pöide)

Pahavalla village (Pöide)

Ridala village (Pöide)

Soonda village (Muhu)


Turja village (Valjala)

Tõnija village (Valjala)

Veere village (Pöide)

Võhma village (Pöide)

Sound recordings


Online edition

Editors Janika Oras, Kadi Sarv
Translation into English Inna Feldbach, Olga Ivaškevitš
Selection of photos Aivo Põlluäär
Project co-ordinator Risto Järv
Web design Lorem Ipsum
Cover photo Ingrid Rüütel 2007 (private collection)

Sponsors of the web publication

Ensemble Trad.Attack!
Ministry of Education and Research (projekt IUT22-4)
The European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies)
The Cultural Endowment of Estonia


ELM Scholarly Press, 2018
© and ℗ Estonian Literary Museum, 2018
© Ingrid Rüütel
ISBN 978-9949-586-57-8

Online edition is based on

Saaremaa rahvamuusikat ja kombeid /
Traditional Music and Customs of Saaremaa

Collected and compiled by Ingrid Rüütel.
Recordings from the Estonian Folklore Archives 8. Tartu 2014

[CD, DVD and textbook]
Sound production and CD mastering Jaan Tamm
DVD editing and mastering Jaan Kolberg
Editor Janika Oras
Translation into English Inna Feldbach
Design and text book layout Krista Saare
Print Kruuli Trükikoja AS
Replication Baltic Disc AS

Rüütel, Ingrid. Saaremaa laule ja lugusid. Mis on jäänud jälgedesse I
[The Songs and Tales of Saaremaa. What Remains in Our Traces I]

Tartu: ELM Scholarly Press 2015

Editor Asta Niinemets
Music transcription Ingrid Rüütel, Ludmilla Toon, Edna Tuvi
Notation editing Ingrid Rüütel, Edna Tuvi
Sheet music graphics Edna Tuvi
Texts transcription Erna Tampere, Ingrid Rüütel
Dialectic texts editor Ester Kuusik
Translation of summary Inna Feldbach
Layout and design Krista Saare
Print OÜ Greif Trükikoda