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    ColourStrings Cello ABC: Book E continues the Cello ABC series. Book E teaches the new material, the 5 different pentachords, using numerous folk songs and chamber music works. Teachers should choose the music that best suits their pedagogical aims and needs.
    55011-421-9, € 48,50 Buy now

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    Armas Järnefelt (1869–1958) composed his Festouverture (Festive Overture) for the official opening of the Finnish National Theatre on 9 April 1902. This was a great event in the history of Finnish theatre, for it meant that the Finnish Theatre founded by Kaarlo and Emilie Bergbom in 1872 at last had a home of its own. The 8- minute overture is a jubilant example of Järnefelt’s orchestral writing, through which he introduced a new, Wagnerian voice into Finnish music.
    Score 55011-539-2, € 21,20 Buy now

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    Uuno Klami probably began composing the C minor Sonata as early as May 1920. He completed two movements but only sketched the finale. The reason why he never finished it may be that he began composing a Viola Sonata at around the same time. In 2016 composer Eero Kesti edited Klami’s Viola Sonata when ne noticed that the main sections of the two sonatas' finales are very similar even though they were in different keys. This last movement is reconstructed by Eero Kesti using Klami's viola sonata.
    55011-546-0, € 29,90 Buy now

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    Einar Englund's (1916–99) musical language is based on sweeping terms and great symphonic lines. As a neo-classicist his music is based on tonality and includes long, compact and even romantic melodic lines side by side with spicy dissonances, energetic rhythm and vigorous orchestration. Serenata for string orchestra (1983, dur. 20') is divided in four movements, including a nostalgic menuetto and an energetic and airy Finale with Bartók-like turns.
    Score: 55011-558-3, € 36,00 Buy now

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    Lars Karlsson (b. 1952) has followed his own distinctive route on the Finnish contemporary music scene as a ”romantic modernist”. The song cycle (2010–12) for baritone and chamber orchestra was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2018. The piano reduction was made in collaboration by Patrik Vidjeskog and the composer and is suitable for concert performance as well. The orchestral material is available for hire.
    Piano reduction: 55011-559-0, € 29,50 Buy now

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    Premiered in September 1979, DIA op. 36, with its wedge form "refers to the idea of an arrow pointing through the multidimensional musical space of the piece — the beginning of a trajectory crossing through all of it, visiting every point, but a trajectory free of any preordained form or curvature." The grand old man of Finnish Modernism Paavo Heininen (b. 1938) sees form as an idea of time and reflects it in one continuous movement with five distinct sections.
    Study score: 55011-516-3, € 50,10 Buy now

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    A work commissioned by a Finnish publishing company Yhtyneet Kuvalehdet for the inauguration of their new office building in 1987. The 10 minutes duration and small orchestra makes this concertino suitable also for young orchestra players.
    Score, piano reduction and set of parts: 55011-554-5, € 95,00 Buy now

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    This edition includes 32 of the numerous piano pieces by Finnish composer Heino Kaski (1885–1957). Many of them are everlasting favourites among Finnish pianists, such as Yö meren rannalla (Night by the Sea) and the brilliant Pankakoski Prelude. There are also many more lyrical miniatures with beautiful arching melodies.
    55011-541-5, € 32,90 Buy now

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    The Trumpet ABC offers a vast selection of familiar children’s and folk songs for young trumpet players. The coloured notes and the movable Do and La clefs help distinguish between different keys; transposing as well as solfege are used right from the start. The range is gradually extended covering middle and low register.
    55011-531-6, € 34,80 Buy now

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    Kirmo Lintinen has chosen a predetermined form for this piece: perfectly mirrored symmetry! The composer is not interested in hidden structures and working with minutiae, but rather lets the palindromic qualities of the palindrome be clearly visible and audible.
    55011-542-2, € 16,80 Buy now

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    The atmosphere of Uirapuru by Esa Pietilä for saxophone and male choir takes you to the Amazonian jungle and the home of the musician wren, also known as the uirapuru.
    55011-549-1, € 7,90 Buy now

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    This delightful Estonian Christmas carol captures the joyful moments of Christmas with children gathering around the Christmas tree.
    55011-544-6, € 3,30 Buy now

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    Ten crispy texts by Hando Runnel depict the problems of every-day life.
    55011-545-3, € 8,90 Buy now

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    These songs for mixed choir are set to poems of three Estonian lyricists, Hando Runnel, Henrik Visnapuu and Marie Under.
    55011-543-9, € 4,90 Buy now

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    The second string quartet by Matthew Whittall saw daylight only some 20 years after his first one. Bright Ferment was commissioned for the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Duration 9 min.
    Score & parts 55011-510-1, € 39,90 Buy now

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    Tiina Myllärinen (b. 1979) has freely combined texts of three Finnish poets, Kari Aronpuro, Ilpo Tiihonen and Leif Färding to create a three-movement set for female voice, guitar and violoncello.
    55011-515-6, € 32,90 Buy now

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    The third book in the Colourstring Viola ABC series, where pupils learn five-note melodies played with slurs, playing on two strings, stopping movement with open string, and string crossing. An extensive appendix provides more learning tools.
    55011-254-4, € 31,90 Buy now

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    Kalevi Aho's popular series of Solo pieces for different instruments gets a new piece for harp. Solo XVI (Ballade) was premiered in June 2019 by Anneleen Lenaerts in Forssa, Finland at the Musica Kalevi Aho Festival. Duration c. 11 min.
    55011-490-6, € 13,40 Buy now

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    NEWS & EVENTS

    Lotta Wennäkoski will be 50 on 8 February 2020. The Avanti! Chamber Orchestra is holding a birthday concert in Helsinki including works Hele, Zeng and others. Music by Wennäkoski will be widely performed during the year. During spring Wennäkoski's BBC commission Flounce is in the program of the Belgian National Orchestra, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. The Finnish RSO will perform Uniin asti (Until the Dreams) in April. Wennäkoski is at present composing an opera, Regine, for the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

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    As of 1 January 2020, Fennica Gehrman will be acting as agent for the orchestral material of Warner/Chappell Music Finland. Under the new agreement, nearly 300 works, mainly light-orchestra arrangements, will from then onwards be distributed by Fennica. The bulk will consist of works by George de Godzinsky, Rauno Lehtinen, Toivo Kärki and Unto Mononen, among others. Many of them are in versions made by different arrangers.

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    Einojuhani Rautavaara’s All-Night Vigil (Vigilia) is a new release on the BIS label. Nils Schweckendiek conducts the Helsinki Chamber Choir. This 70-minute work is in 34 sections and features prominent parts for a bass and a tenor soloist (Niall Chorell and Tuukka Haapaniemi). According to the review by Martin Anderson "For all the sophistication of Rautavaara’s harmonic language, what he is doing here, basically, is weaving a spell – and I defy you not to be hypnotised by the unearthly beauty of this wonderful music."

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    The University of Turku has commissioned Mikko Heiniö to compose a work for its centenary celebrations in 2020. Titled Syvyyden yllä tuuli (Wind above the Depths), it will be premiered in February 2020 and at the degree ceremony in May. It is scored for baritone, mixed choir and orchestra and will be performed by the Turku Philharmonic and the Turku University Choir. Heiniö has also written a work for The Polytech Choir, titled Täällä, kaikkialla (Here, Everywhere), to be performed as part of the choir’s 120th anniversary in spring 2020. It is based on poems by Juha Vakkuri (1946-2019). Heiniö was awarded in September when the Finnish Music Publishers Association chose him as Classical Composer of the Year.

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    Ilmari Hannikainen's Piano Sonata in C-Minor Op. 1 has been released both as a Fennica Gehrman publication and on CD by Risto-Matti Marin (Alba Records). According to the critics this discovery and first edition is a veritable treasure, a true Romantic gem which has something of Liszt's heroism and the sensual expression of Chopin. Buy now

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    The Carice Singers have appointed Matthew Whittall Associate Composer.  “I’m thrilled to begin this relationship with The Carice Singers,” he says. “Their fresh, pure, youthful sound is hugely inspiring for a composer, and their varied and sensitive programming takes listeners on journeys that forge poetic links across nations and centuries. To get to write a large-scale piece for such a front-rank ensemble is a dream come true!” The Carice Singers are a British vocal ensemble of young professional singers conducted by George Parris.

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    Fennica Gehrman has signed a publishing agreement for a Concert Overture by Sibelius. Based on material found while studying the manuscript of the opera The Maiden in the Tower, it was discovered by the conductor Tuomas Hannikainen, following references made by Sibelius himself. A significant work that, according to Hannikainen, stands up well on its own, it lasts 11–12 minutes and was conducted by Sibelius at concerts of his works in Turku. The score is scheduled for publication in autumn 2019.

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    The year 2021 will mark the centenary of the birth of Joonas Kokkonen. More and more music by him has been finding its way back into concert programmes in the past few years, and his opera Viimeiset kiusaukset (The Last Temptations) is still one of the Finnish operas most often performed. Fennica Gehrman has published a new version of the impressive Requiem he composed in 1981 in memory of his wife. The arrangement by Jouko Linjama is for organ, mixed choir and soloists. The Cello Concerto  has also found an established place in the repertoire; it was heard most recently in the Finals of the International Paulo Cello Competition in October 2018.

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    COMPOSERS & WORKS

     

    Click here to go to our composers page where you will find information and sound samples about composers whose works we represent. Included is also a list of anniversaries and repertoire tips. Our catalogue covers a broad spectrum of contemporary and classical music from Finland and Estonia. We also represent works by Shostakovich, Prokofieff and Khachaturian in Finland.


    Paris Impressions is Heikki Sarmanto's inspiring and lovely piano album! These 20 jazzy pieces are full of nostalgia and love for Paris in improvised variations. Buy now
    See sample pages:
    Les Lilas
    Les Bouquinistes
    Foire du Trone

    Sami Juntunen: Around the World in 30 Pit-Stops / Maailman ympäri 30 biisissä 

    A collection of exciting piano pieces designed to cast you into a whirl-pool of world music with rhythms, harmonies and melodies of different cultural and geographical regions. Jump on board for a journey round the world and expand your repertoire with these ethno etudes! Watch the videos in Youtube! Buy now

    Remember also Gettin' into Groove (Rytmimusiikin etydejä) by Juntunen - a 154-page book and a treasure trove for pianists who want to play soul, blues boogie-woogie, funk, disco or other Afroamerican pieces. Buy now


    Ihanuuksien ihmemaa on
    Jukka Nykäsen ihastusta herättänyt pianosovitusten kokoelma
    , jonka tyylilajit liikkuvat ennakkoluulottomasti iloitellen musiikin historiassa. Tämä kokoelma vie sydämesi!
    This collection includes Jukka Nykänen's inspiring and fresh piano arrangements of popular Finnish melodies. Buy now
    Esipuhe  Sisältö See sample pages: Karjalan kunnailla - Romanssi (Fougstedt) - Hyljätyn valitus - Suvivirsi

    Finnish Favourites for Piano 1-3 / Suomalaista toiveohjelmistoa 1-3
    Sarja on täydentynyt kolmannella osalla, joka sisältää kiehtovan valikoiman modernin pianomusiikin helmiä, muutamia uusia tuttavuuksia sekä kestoklassikoita.
    This series includes highlights of Finnish piano music from the Romantic period to the present day. The second volume includes e.g. Finlandia and Valse triste by Sibelius. Volume 3 includes modern classics. Buy Vol.1; Buy Vol.2; Buy Vol. 3

    PERFORMANCES

    Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/ c. Sakari Oramo

    Helsinki Music Centre, Helsinki (Finland)

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    Soloist Anu Komsi/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/ c. Sakari Oramo

    Helsinki Music Centre, Helsinki (Finland)

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    Soloist Anu Komsi/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/ c. Sakari Oramo

    Helsinki Music Centre, Helsinki (Finland)

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    Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/ c. Sakari Oramo

    Helsinki Music Centre, Helsinki (Finland)

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    Soloist Mikko Raasakka/Joensuu City Orchestra/ c. Ville Matvejeff

    Carelia Hall, Joensuu (Finland)

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    Jasper Sarinko/ c. Jackie Shin

    Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Kuopio (Finland)

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