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Heinavanker Estonian

Vocal Ensemble



The name “Heinavanker” originates from Hieronymos Bosch' (1453-1516) Haywain Triptych. Its allegoric scenes seem to have been inspired from today's life. On this strange painting, there's a huge stack of hay rolling through a land laboring in acquisitiveness towards destruction. In the midst of this, music arises. Both a snide demon and a praying angel are trying to get the musicians under their domain of influence.


Singing the entire program a cappella, Heinavanker delivered gorgeous melodies with pure, ringing unisons and beautifully balanced harmonies, colored by free, deftly woven ornaments. Contrasting male and female voices and solo voices with the full ensemble sounds, the group presented a constantly shifting tapestry of elegant dynamics, timbres and colors. A little musical sleight of hand was at play in the group's ensemble/solo sounds. Although the ensemble's members sang with a flawless blend and a like-minded sparing use of vibrato in full ensemble passages, solos revealed a fascinating variety of vocal sounds. As the solo ended, the

distinct voice would tuck neatly back into the seamless blend.

(Elaine Schmidt, Journal Sentinel, Oct. 13, 2013)

This program combines liturgical music by Johannes Ockeghem (c 1417 - 1497), the leading figure of the Franco - Flemish school . The program includes all ordinary movements from various Ockeghem's Masses and some music by Margo Kõlar,  Artistic Director of Heinavanker, composed for masses at the Pirita Convent (Tallinn).

Oh Aadam, sinu essitus – Oh Adam, thy Falsehood

Folk hymn from Otepää parish


Kyrie, Mass of Barcelona (14th century)



Nüüd ole Jeesus kiidetud – Praised be you, Jesus Christ

Folk hymn from Kihnu parish


Mu süda, ärka üles – Awake my Heart

Margo Kõlar after various versions of a folk hymn


Rahva Õnnistegija – Redeemer of the Folk

Folk hymn from Suur-Pakri parish


Sanctus , Mass of Tournai (14th century)

Agnus Dei, Mass of Toulouse (14th century)



Mu mano tulge latse – Let the children come to Me

After folk hymn from Vormsi parish


Veni Creator Spiritus / Oh Jumal, Looja, Püha Vaim – Come Creator Spirit

Margo Kõlar after Gregorian chant and a folk hymn from Lääne – Nigula parish


Loomine – Creation

Margo Kõlar after after traditional runic song (Ambla parish)

A mythical story about the creation of the world, typically sung from a big village swing.


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Nätse Jummal, siin ma rummal – Here behold me as I cast me

Folk hymn from Räpina

Imeline koda – Wondrous House

Margo Kõlar after Estonian traditional runic song (Vilo parish)


In the temporal sense, this text is rather cryptic. The storyteller appears to travel to a

divine realm where, by partaking in a strange ritual, she is included in the creation of the

temporal world.

Haned kadunud – Missing Geese

Margo Kõlar after Estonian traditional runic song (Kuusalu parish)


One of the possible meanings of this song is the theme of ‘sacrifice’. The condition of loss at the beginning of the song gives way, after a strange quest, to a new miraculous world. The mystery of Christ’s body and blood is hinted at in the background.


Jeesuse sõit –  The ride of Jesus

Margo Kõlar after Estonian traditionla runic song (from Mäe)


A story with a harsh morale. Those who defy, on whatever grounds, the God’s will, will meet a sorry end. Those who act out the will of God, whatever their motives, will see their people flourish.

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