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AbstractIn order to understand the aesthetics of any musical form, one must first of all make the effort to appreciate the culture which produced it. For this reason, this paper contains a lengthy, although necessarily cursory, outline of the historical development of the Estonian nation. This historical perspective will hopefully acquaint the reader with the cultural background of the Estonians: one of the oldest, yet unfortunately one of the most unknown civilizations of North-Eastern Europe. Although there exist a few renditions of the history and music of this country devoid of propaganda, there is very little in the English language dealing with the historical development, and next to nothing on the music. The most authoritative texts are therefore written in the Estonian language, and for this reason the following paper is based totally on my translation of these sources.
Degree ProgramGraduate College