Tiina Rand

Ingrid Rüütel and Ottilie Kõiva write down children's songs from Tiina Rand. Photo: R. Hansen 1961. ERA, Foto 5547.

Tiina Rand from Pihtla municipality of the former Püha parish was singing old children's songs. (From the description of the video "Songmakers, singers and instrumentalists; Rüütel 2014: 28)

We recorded a number of wedding songs from 90-year-old Liisu Lõhmus and 81-year-old Tiina Rand in Püha parish. Their songs reflect, possibly, the tradition of the last decades of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. In the neighbourhood of Püha, the tradition of singing during the weddings endured longer than in Pöide. (From the chapter "Alliterative songs"; Rüütel 2015: 27)

Before noon we recorded in Püha. We visited Tiina Rand, whom we visited previously in 1959. We met her outside her farmhouse in a magnificent juniper grove. The old woman kindly agreed to sing. Unfortunately, her memory had dimmed with age. The tunes often sounded vague, sang one way, then the other and out of tune. Sometimes, however, she managed to regain the right sequence and stayed in a definite tone, especially when she remembered the song better. The uncertainty of the memory was conducive to the loss of tone. But we were still able to record her songs and film her. (From the field work diary of I. Rüütel, June 5, 1961; Rüütel 2015: 173–174)


Tiina Rand, aged 81, Loona village [Püha 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)

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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