Aliide Kaasik

Aliide Kaasik. Photo: I. Rüütel 1961. ERA, Foto 5907.

Then came former Sõru inhabitant Aliide Kaasik. According to her, her life had been very hard – she is a mother of eight children, her husband became an invalid and one of the daughter was born a cripple. When young, she had not done much singing or playing with others. It was only later, when she lived in Kärla, that she learned some songs and games. She also sang to us several songs she had heard from her mother and while living in Kärla and Kõiguste. (From the field work diary of I. Rüütel, June 3, 1961; Rüütel 2015: 172)

M. Tuus was conspicuous /---/ by a rare sense of humour. /---/ Here, in this nook, the people were more modest, but the inhabitants of Sõru were much more fun and they also indulged in bad habits. A. Kaasik, however, left a pleasant impression. What's more, she had a good singing voice, which we recorded on tape. (From the field work diary of I. Rüütel, June 3, 1961; Rüütel 2015: 172)


Aliide Kaasik, aged 55, Kõiguste village [Pöide parish], comes from Sõrve, has also lived in Kaarma parish. Recorded by O. Kõiva, I. Rüütel 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)

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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