Estonian composer Ester Mägi was born on 10 January 1922 in Tallinn, where she studied composition at the conservatory with Mart Saar, who, significantly, as well as being a composer, collected folksongs. Later at the Moscow Conservatoire her teacher was the Soviet composer Vissarion Shebalin.
During the Soviet period, according to Patric Standford, 'she developed an independent folk style whilst trying to steer a careful route around politically acceptable models, Shostakovich being, as she willingly accepted, the best.'
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Record Box. An Independent Voice - Patric Standford listens to orchestral music by Ester Mägi