I know little about Estonia and that naiton’s ability to resist oppression, but from what little I do know, music, particularly choral music has been instrumental in that country’s struggle to remain its own.
This song, from a recent festival, is just a sample of what those who attend the annual festival experience. Some say the song slipped by Soviet censors, and it apparently became a symbol of resistance to Soviet occupation, eventually outwitting the Soviets and binding the Estonians as a people.
Thanks to the person who provided a translation of the music for the Youtube video.
Those of us from the rock and roll generation can attest to the subversive quality of music, but Estonia set the example long before that..
This just scratches the surface of a phenomenon that builds on an activity that makes us humans and siblings: the magic of song.