Konstantin Suurtee

Konstantin Suurtee. Photo: I. Rüütel 1961. ERA, Foto 5418.

When singing the song "Passing by the Pöide church" Konstantin Suurtee (the farm owner) said that the tune was wrong and went outside to remember the right one. Then he came back and sang the song "Once by the Koigi Lake". He had been in contact with our museum earlier too, namely L. Laidvee had visited him and brought some old books from him. Suurtee seemed to be an intelligent and judicious man. He promised to write down a thing or two himself later. We promised to go back there and left a questionnaire with him. We heard that Suurtee had been living in Veere village since 1931. He was born, however, in Reina manor, his father was a hired help there. (From the field work diary of I. Rüütel, June 1, 1961; Rüütel 2015: 169)

We started from the already familiar Veere village. We visited the Suurtees yet again. K. Suurtee sung for us Tuttav's songs among others /---/. We filmed K. Suurtee singing and story-telling /---/. (From the field work diary of I. Rüütel, June 9, 1961; Rüütel 2015: 177)


Konstantin Suurtee, aged 66, Veere 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

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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