Juuli Kald

Juuli Kald with her cat. Private collection of I. Rüütel, 1975.

In addition to two longer expeditions, I have been to several shorter trips that were undertaken based on some previously obtained information. Such were the Sõrve trip in 1975 and a visit to Pihtla to see Juuli and Albert Kald during the same year. /---/ Juuli Kald knew many dance songs, soldiers' songs and others and performed them in a high ringing voice. The songs she had mostly brought along from her childhood home in Muhu. (From the chapter "The situations and purposes of collection"; Rüütel 2015: 21)

Three soldiers' songs by Juuli Kald date back to the days of WW I. They are all extremely gloomy-sounding reflections of a young soldier at the "bloodbath" on the battlefield. Their origin is unknown. In the song "Soon comes the time", the soldier laments that his life has been broken, his love destroyed and his body carried to the grave, where no one will shed a single tear. There are additional motifs of no flowers blooming on the soldier's grave and no bell tolling for his funeral in the song "On the battlefield in the far away land". (From the chapter "Songs about historic events and soldiers' songs"; Rüütel 2015: 86–87)

Aunt Juuli was born in Muhu and her dexterous hands could make fine Muhu footwear with durable pigskin soles for all our adult family members. I have never gotten a pair, for aunt Juuli had no children's darbies. But then I got to admire her beautiful collection of spangles, pearls and yarns. /---/. (From A. Länsi's letter to I. Rüütel; Rüütel 2015: 339)


Juuli Kald, born 1909, Liiva-Putla village [Püha parish], comes from Soonda village [Muhu parish]. Recorded by I. Rüütel, E. Tampere, O. Kiis in 1975.



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
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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
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