Skip to main content

Juhan Aavik papers

 Collection
Identifier: IHRC588

Abstract

Biographical materials, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and sheet music.

Dates

  • undated

Language of Materials

Estonian, English

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

OWNERSHIP & LITERARY RIGHTS

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

For further information regarding the copyright, please contact the IHRCA.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

29.01.1884 Holstre parish, Paistu, Viljandimaa, Estonia – 26.11. 1982 Stockholm, Sweden Estonian composer and conductor. Juhan Aavik graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1907 in trumpet performance under W. Wurm, and in 1911 in music theory and composition under A. Ljadov, N. Soloviov, J. Vitols and A. Glazunov. One of the leaders Estonian musical life. 1911 – 1914 musical director of theatre “Vanemuine” and 1925 – 1933 musical director of theatre “Estonia”. 1919 – 1925, director of Tartu Higher School of Music, 1925 –1928 faculty member and 1928 – 1933 professor at the Tallinn Conservatory. 1933 – 1940 and 1941 – 1944 Director of the Tallinn Conservatory. Has directed several choirs (choruses) and symphony orchestras, has been principal conductor of several song celebrations. Has published several song books. One of the founders of the Academic Society of Estonian Musicians (Eesti Akadeemiline Helikunstnike Selts), chairman of the Estonian Singers Union (Eesti Lauljate Liit), editor of magazin “Muusikaleht” ("Music paper"). From 1923 member of Estonian Students Society “Veljesto”. Composed mostly organ music, chamber music and songs for children and choirs. Often uses folk music elements. Best known choral work "Hoia, Jumal, Eestit!" ("God, protect Estonia!") Published two books -- memoir “Muusika radadelt I" ("From the Paths of Music I", Toronto,1959) ja “Eesti muusika ajalugu" I-II (“Estonian Musical History" I – II, Stockholm, 1965) and III-IV (Stockholm, 1969). Emigrated to Stockholm, Sweden in 1944. Wife Alma Aavik (born Paalmann 20.10.1885 Rasina parish, Võnnu, Tartu county, Estonia – 2.12.1977 Stockholm, Sweden) was a teacher in Tapa, Petersburg and Tartu. Married to J. Aavik since 1912. Juhan Aavik´s father Andres Aavik was a school teacher and choir and wind band conductor. About him: Kuusk, P. “Juhan Aavik - “Estonia” lauluteatri rajajaid” Tallinn, 1981.

Extent

5 linear inches

PROVENANCE

Collection transferred to the IHRC from the Estonian Archives in the U.S.A. (EAU) in 2003-2005. It was processed as part of a collaborative project between the Estonian Archives in the USA (Lakewood, New Jersey), the National Archives of Estonia (NAE), and the IHRC in March 2009. Gristel Ramler and Birgit Nurme of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.

RELATED COLLECTIONS

Personal collection in Estonian Theatre and Music Museum, M22. Several photos from this collection housed in the Estonian Archives in the USA, Lakewood, NJ. (09.03.2009)
  • Artists Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Displaced persons Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Estonian Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Music Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Songs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Author
IHRC Archives
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding Aid in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Immigration History Research Center Archives Collecting Area

Contact:

612-625-4800