NEW PUBLICATIONS

    The most beloved pieces for string orchestra are now available in the Helsinki Sibelius Edition series as Urtext editions.
    Andante festivo JS34b
    Score 55011-399-2, € 12,10 Buy now
    Parts 55011-400-5, € 36,00 Buy now
    Rakastava / The Beloved Op.14
    Score 55011-401-2, € 12,10 Buy now
    Parts 55011-402-9, € 80,00 Buy now
    Scherzo Op.4
    Score 55011-389-3, € 12,10 Buy now
    Parts 55011-390-9, € 60,00 Buy now

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    X'seven (2010/18) is the final piece of a solo cello suite consisting of seven compositions which can be performed individually or detached with another X-composition. The works are composed by using the same material viewed at different angles. In the first compositions of X-suite seemingly random fragments join together piece by piece as the work goes on combining one into another organically.
    55011-521-7, € 14,70 Buy now

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    The qualitative elements of bars with their upbeats, accents and GPs create a refined musical rhetoric in this piece for bassoon and piano. The roguish poetic metres gambol jerkily along, and although at surface level the music may appear guileless, Lintinen knows his polyphony, judging by the capital roving of his voices even in the homophonic textures.
    55011-524-8, € 21,10 Buy now

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    Venezuelan trumpet virtuoso Pacho Flores asked Tuomas Turriago to write a piece for a recital in April 2019. The composer tells: "My half-Colombian soul fell in love with the Venezuelan dance merengue at once when it was introduced to me and it has been an important construction material in my music ever since. I decided to combine two of my favourite rhythms, tango and merengue; hence the name Tanguerengue. It is one of my happiest compositions and gives an enormous amount of room for groovy rhythmical play and limitless trumpet virtuosity."
    55011-529-3, € 17,90 Buy now

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    The Little Quartet for Four Horns op. 185 by Erkki Melartin was commissioned by the progenitor of Finnish horn playing, Holger Fransman (1909-1997). The transcription for four saxophones (soprano/alto, alto, tenor, baritone) is faithful to the original horn version.
    55011-533-0, € 19,90 Buy now

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    Three piano trios were commissioned by Trio LaRue and composed in 2004-2016.
    In der Winterzeit (inspired by Paul Klee's painting Winterwinde) was composed in 2004 and revised in 2012.
    Score and parts 55011-525-5, € 39,90 Buy now
    Reflecting Landscapes (2011) is inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem "A Bird, came down the Walk".
    Score and parts 55011-526-2, € 39,90 Buy now
    Frammenti dal buio… (Inspirazioni Caravaggesche, 2016) got its inspiration from the paintings of Caravaggio.
    Score and parts 55011-527-9, € 39,90 Buy now

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    Colour Keys Piano ABC is designed for young beginners, suitable for both private and group lessons. This method book applies the ideas of Zoltan Kodály who believed in the importance of developing the inner hearing skills through audio-visual means. This separate Teacher’s Guide offers pedagogical information about the teaching material as well as the lyrics to the songs.
    Colour Keys Opettajan opas on saatavana myös suomeksi
    55011-523-1, € 8,10 Buy now

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    The long-lasting admiration for the poetry of Octavio Paz inspired Matthew Whittall to compose this captivating choir piece. A constant ostinato motif is carried throughout the piece depicting the white noise of the rain.
    55011-506-4, € 8,90 Buy now

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    Kalevi Aho's "Solo" series for different instruments gets a new addition with this piece for trombone, which has been a cherished instrument for the composer. The virtuoso 9-minute Solo XIII uses widely the possibilities of the instrument, but according to Aho "the virtuosity comes from the psychological contents of the work".
    55011-487-6, € 13,40 Buy now

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    This charming work to a poem by Niilo Rauhala describes the holy place of peace, meditation and closeness, best experienced in the cathedral of nature on a summer evening.
    55011-530-9, € 3,90 Buy now

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    The most beloved tune by Armas Järnefelt (Jean Sibelius' brother-in-law) was written in 1904 for violin and piano. It is now available in two new versions:
    for piano trio (composer’s arrangement for violin, violoncello and piano
    based on a radio recording from 1948) 55011-520-0, € 7,40 Buy now
    for saxophone (Josef Kaartinen’s transcription for soprano, alto, tenor or baritone). 55011-519-4, € 7,40 Buy now

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    The friendship between the Finnish jazz composer Heikki Sarmanto and the great French chansonnier Allain Leprest produced this unique series of piano works. The collection is dedicated to Paris, a city they both loved so dearly.
    55011-473-9, € 34,50 Buy now

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    Kalevi Aho's Second Piano Sonata (2016) is a tribute to the great giant of the piano sonata, Beethoven. The very opening bars already allude to the older master’s most mammoth sonata, the Hammerklavier, op. 106. 55011-517-0, € 24,50 Buy now

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    Ilmari Hannikainen (1892–1955) was the most important Finnish pianist during the first decades of the 1900s. In his lifetime he also was one of the country's most famous composers. Piano Sonata C minor Op. 1 was completed in 1912, and is one of the largest-scale romantic piano compositions in the Finnish piano repertoire.
    55011-512-5, € 24,50 Buy now

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    DMus Olli-Pekka Tuomisalo’s anthology Finnish Favourites for the Saxophone is an almost complete compendium of works written for saxophone and piano in Finland from the 1930s to the 1950s. Technically the works range from basic level examination standard to challenging music institute standard.
    55011-479-1, € 39,90 Buy now

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    Einari Marvia (1915–97) was a Finnish composer, music publisher and musicologist. He studied composition with Melartin, Madetoja and Palmgren. His style is harmonically rich and original, the influence of Brahms is particularly apparent in the keyboard idiom. Piano Sonata (1945) is published now for the first time – directly as an Urtext edition!
    55011-481-4, € 22,10 Buy now

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    Tuomas Turriago's works often have an autumnal character, which is also the case of this piano piece. The fast middle section has relations to his first piano sonata, and his passion for jazz is clearly audible.
    55011-483-8, € 14,10 Buy now

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    Kimmo Hakola sees that the aim of composing for wind quintet should be to have the instrument ultimately breathe and express itself as an organic, coherent subject.
    Score: 55011-508-8, € 15,50 Buy now
    Parts: 55011-509-5, € 34,90 Buy now

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    NEWS & EVENTS

    Olli Kortekangas's church opera Elämänkuvat (Pictures of Life) will be premiered at the Korsholm Music Festival on 1 August. There will be two performances by the Seinäjoki and Vaasa City Orchestras, choirs and soloists: soprano Päivi Nisula and baritone Waltteri Torikka. The conductor will be Anna-Maria Helsing and the stage director is Ville Saukkonen. The libretto by Pia Perkiö follows the stories of two characters side by side: a 16th-century Painter and present-day Mariia. The opera will be performed in the medieval Isokyrö Church and was inspired by the paintings on its walls.

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    Lotta Wennäkoski is the focus composer at this year’s Korsholm Music Festival, 25 July–5 August. At the opening concert, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra will perform her Zeng for string orchestra, percussion and recorder. There will also be several chamber works by her on the programme, e.g. the world premiere of Tocca for harp and violin.
    The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated a century of Finnish independence in 2017 by launching a commissioning project under the title of Helsinki Variations. Works by six composers will receive an orchestral performance in 2019–2022. The first, on 11 September, will be Lotta Wennäkoski with Om fotspår och ljus (Of Footprints and Light).

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    Kalevi Aho turned 70 on 9 March 2019. There will be no fewer than 14 premieres during 2019. The busy spring  started with the Concerto for Two Bassoons (18.1. Warsaw Philharmonic), and was followed the next day by Kirje tuolle puolen (A Letter to the Netherworld) for strings (Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra). On 9 May, the Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano received its world premiere (Antwerp Symphony & Storioni Trio), and the next day the Lapland Chamber Orchestra and Ismo Eskelinen performed Aho's new Guitar Concerto. The Lahti Symphony also celebrated Aho by premiering his 17th Symphony on 4 April. The next new concerto on the line is for bass clarinet and orchestra (4.9. Jyväskylä Sinfonia & clarinettist Mikko Raasakka).

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    The opera Flash Flash – Two Deaths of Andy Warhol by Juhani Nuorvala is now at Yle Areena and available also to viewers outside Finland. The text in English is by Juha Siltanen and the production was directed by Erik Söderblom. Flash Flash has enjoyed cult status on the Finnish opera scene; it is seductively melodious, pop-inflected, absurd and thrilling. It was premiered on 9 February and received additional performances at Espoo City Theatre in May.

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    Jyrki Linjama’s church opera Three Letters to Laestadius (Kolme kirjettä Laestadiukselle) will be performed in Oulu Cathedral on 12 October, as part of Oulu’s contemporary music festival. The title role will be sung by Esa Ruuttunen, baritone, and the stage director is Michael Baran, who wrote the libretto with Linjama. The Soli Deo Gloria chamber orchestra will be conducted by Juhani Lamminmäki.

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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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    This year will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Armas Järnefelt, a conductor and composer active in both Finland and Sweden. The Järnefelt Society is compiling a calendar of events in the jubilee year at www.armasjarnefelt.fi. Read more about Järnefelt and his works here.

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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 pieces are fun to play, full of nostalgia and love for Paris in improvised variations. Buy now


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

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    Tomi Satomaa/

    Martinkirkko, Turku (Finland) World Premiere

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    Jan Lehtola/

    Kreuzkirche, Dresden (Germany)

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    Soloist Päivi Nisula & Waltteri Torikka/Vaasa City Orchestra, Seinäjoki City Orchestra & Vaasa Opera Choir/ c. Anna-Maria Helsing

    Isokyrö Old Church,...

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    Soloist Päivi Nisula & Waltteri Torikka/Vaasa City Orchestra, Seinäjoki City Orchestra & Vaasa Opera Choir/ c. Anna-Maria Helsing

    Isokyrö Old Church,...

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    Tallinn Chamber Orchestra/ c. tbc

    Pühalapa Church, Hiiumaa (Estonia)

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    Tallinn Chamber Orchestra/ c. tbc

    Pühalapa Church, Hiiumaa (Estonia)

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