Aleksander Maaker

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Aleksander Maaker
Born (1890-10-20)20 October 1890
Muda, Hiiumaa
Died 28 January 1968(1968-01-28) (aged 77)
Nationality Estonian
Other names Torupilli-Sass
Occupation folk musician
Known for bagpipe

Aleksander Maaker (20 October [O.S. 8 October] 1890 in Muda, Hiiumaa – 28 January 1968),[1] nicknamed Torupilli-Sass[2] was a folk musician, a player of the traditional torupill, the Estonian bagpipe.[3] Maaker was from the Estonian island of Hiiumaa. At the time of his death, the only other torupill player was the revivalist Olev Roomet,[4] at the time a choir member, though other revivalist such as Ants Taul took up the instrument and its construction beginning in the 1970s.

Aleksander Maaker learned bagpipe playing from his uncle Juhan Maaker (1845–1930) (Torupilli-Juss)[2] one of the most popular folk musicians in Estonia called the "king of bagpipe players" at the time.[5]


  1. ^ (Estonian)"Sünnipäevad: 20. OKTOOBER". Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b (Estonian)Helen Kõmmus (20 November 2007). "Särtsakaid lugusid Hiiumaa kroonimata peast Juhan Maakerist". Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Säckpipan i Norden: från änglars musik till djävulens blåsbälg. Musikmuseet. 1990. p. 243. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Conservatoire royal de musique de Bruxelles. Musée instrumental (1976). Brussels Museum of Musical Instruments bulletin. F. Knuf. p. 53. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  5. ^ cätlin jaago (February 2005). "bagpipe "One goose makes two sounds."". Estonian Institute. Retrieved 17 May 2011.