Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Unique Estonian Sound Recordings from 1939 Found in Denmark

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Unique Estonian Sound Recordings from 1939 Found in Denmark

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On 29 April 2008, a festive ceremony took place in the Tallinn National Library of Estonia: the Danish Ambassador gave the representatives of the Republic of Estonia 151 matrices of Estonian music made in 1939.

In May and June 1939, an ambitious series of recording sessions had taken place in Tallinn. On the initiative of the Estonian State Broadcasting and the Ministry of Propaganda, 178 Estonian compositions were recorded. The technical work was done by the Danish department of EMI (Electric and Musical Industries), along with the record labels His Master's Voice and Columbia. The material was recorded on 237 wax records, intended for the production of 78-rpm-records. All the wax records were sent to England where the negative matrices, also called father matrices, were made. But the beginning of the Second World War interrupted the production process and the recordings remained forgotten for many years.

In 2004, the musicology department of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, in collaboration with the library, launched the project "Estonian Sound Recording 1939. …

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