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World Premiere: My Fatherland by Estonian Composer Jüri Reinvere

Written between 1874 and 1879, the My Fatherland cycle by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana is a series of symphonic compositions still seen today as influential for the Czech national identity. The Estonian composer Jüri Reinvere has completed a new work also entitled “My Fatherland. My Happiness and Joy”. In contrast to Smetana’s composition, Reinvere’s work is written for a small orchestra and features a female choir and mezzo-soprano. The world premiere will take place on 20 July 2019 in Tartu, Estonia at the Tartu Song Festival, this year celebrating its 150th anniversary. The mezzo-soprano solo will be sung by Kai Rüütel. The Estonian National Male Choir, the Academic Women's Choir of the University of Tartu and members of the Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Triin Koch.

Jüri Reinvere comments:
“My Fatherland. My Happiness and Joy” is written for a small orchestra, choir and mezzo-soprano and uses my own lyrics. Apart from small changes in punctuation, the title is identical to that of the Estonian national anthem, which Estonia shares with Finland. In this work, I ask questions about what national identity means to us today and why this question is so controversial yet also difficult to answer. It’s an issue that’s almost impossible to talk about without taking a political stance. This work is about a yearning to express love for one’s homeland as well as pain suffered in the past which can sometimes engender reconciliation and resolution.”

World Premiere JüriReinvere,                               
“My Fatherland. My Happiness and my Joy”                   
for mezzo-soprano, choir and small orchestra                   
(Kai Rüütel, mezzo-soprano                           
Estonian National Male Choir and Academic Women's Choir of the University of Tartu   
Members of the Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra; Conductor: Triin Koch)           
- Tartu Song Festival (150th anniversary) -