This time, the traditional autumn style day of the rhythm music department of Eller School is dedicated to Raimond Valgre. Tartu’s young jazz and rhythm musicians will perform a repertoire specially prepared for this concert, paying homage to the legend of Estonian popular music. Let’s celebrate Raimond Valgre 100!
Raimond Valgre, who was one of the most popular light music composers in Estonia, was born on October 7, 1913. In the rice family, in the shoemaker’s family. He became one of the most famous Estonian composers, whose songs have become popular songs.
As a child, he was fascinated by the violin, but his mother decided in favor of the piano. However, he probably spent most of his time improvising on the piano and playing popular ways, not practicing etudes. Later, in various orchestras and ensembles, Raimond Valgre played the accordion, guitar and drums in addition to the piano. And of course he sang.
Most of the songs were written by Raimond Valgre on his own lyrics. Although text with music usually flowed onto paper without detailed grinding, it is safe to say that it surpassed some poetry of the 1930s in his poetry. Perhaps when reading his lyrics, poems are not pearls in their own right, but in the song, every line comes to life, every nuance of emotion and intonation of human speech finds a musical expression that touches the listener’s heart.
His work went relatively well – songs were often played on the radio, performed in restaurants and at dance parties. The situation changed when the campaign against the most Western in Soviet music began. Saxophone, tango, foxtrot were banned… Valgre’s fox and tango rhythm songs were also despised. The last job took Valgre to Pärnu. Raimond Valgre died on December 31, 1949 and is buried in Tallinn Forest Cemetery.