NEW PUBLICATIONS

Sinuhe is based on the best-seller book by Mika Waltari and it acts as an example of a Finnish composition founded on a non-Finnish subject handled in a non-National-Romantic way. The Oriental moods and the Nile do not correspond to the view of a Finnish composition as one favouring topics from the national epic, the Kalevala, and lakeland scenery. The ballet’s combination of a historical subject with an exotic, stylised idiom showed that Englund had his finger on the international pulse, like Barber’s Medea and Khachaturian’s Spartacus.
55011-717-4, 99,90 € Buy now

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Duettini for two double basses by László Rossa and Bérengère Scheppler brings along chamber music from the very beginning! In these 15 miniature duos the easy first double bass part consists of only open strings and natural harmonics. This part is to be played by the beginner whilst the second part is intended for an advanced pupil or the teacher.
55011-683-2, 26,10 € Buy now

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Englund's Piano Trio (1982) is sombre in mood. In the second movement, Englund’s trademark playfulness carries a hint of sarcasm and at times builds up to a wild militant dance before finally melting into reconciliation. The piano part is the manuscript of the composer.
Piano score & string parts 55011-704-4, 39,90 € Buy now

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Uuno Klami (1900–1961) was an acclaimed orchestral composer whose works in other genres also deserve to be known. This edition of chamber music composed by him between 1917 and 1952 was edited by pianist Esa Ylönen and composer Eero Kesti.
Piano score & string parts 55011-703-7, 15,50 € Buy now

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Transcription by Matti Rantanen for accordion of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s early piano composition Icons (1955) which shows great variety in the young composer’s style.
55011-707-5, 16,00 € Buy now

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Kalevi Aho’s guitar concerto (2018) is in seven movements performed without a break and each using the guitar in a different way. Duration ca. 30 minutes.
Solo part 55011-710-5, 24,90 € Buy now
Study score 55011-709-9, 37,50 € Buy now

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Lintinen's concerto (2012-13) is full of rhythmic drive. The orchestra is handled as a large chamber ensemble in which listening closely to the other players is both possible and of supreme importance. All four movements of the concerto are joined together, and their titles say something: prefazione, danze, confessione and finale. Duration ca. 23 minutes.
Solo part & piano reduction 55011-705-1, 34,90 € Buy now

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Kai Nieminen’s two guitar pieces pay homage to 20th century French compositions: Le Tombeau de Darius Milhaud (2021) draws inspiration from Milhaud’s short guitar composition Segoviana (1957) and Joan Miro’s series of paintings called The Dutch Interiors (1928). Le Tombeau d’Albert Roussel (2020) utilises themes and harmonies from Roussel’s ballet-pantomime Le Festin de l’Araignée (The Spider’s Feast) op.17 written in 1912.
Le Tombeau de Darius Milhaud 55011-716-7, € 10,90 Buy now
Le Tombeau d'Albert Roussel 55011-718-1, € 11,90 Buy now

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Piano reduction available for the first time! Originally for voice & orchestra, Kokkonen’s The Hades of the Birds consists of three songs, two shorter ones framing a longer middle one. The chosen poems were by P. Mustapää and their appeal lay for him in their “simply unique mysticism”. The music merges seamlessly with the moods of the poems, closely reacting to the textual nuances.
55011-706-8, € 19,90 Buy now

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New bilingual edition 2021 (FIN/ENG)
Getting’ into Groove is a tutor and repertoire collection for piano, exploring the African-American popular music genre, its origins and building blocks. Melodies, rhythms and harmonies are introduced all the way from 19th century ragtime to 1980’s hip hop. Each genre offers three distinct compositions, concise fact bulletins and references for listening the most important examples and forerunners of blues, stride, swing, bebop, funk… The recordings of all the pieces of this collection are available in YouTube, and the arrangements available for different ensembles broaden the spectacular view on the continuously changing music.
55011-681-8, € 37,30 Buy now

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Downloadable and printable PDF editions
The arrangements for different ensembles of Sami Juntunen's Getting’ into Groove collection broaden the spectacular view on the continuously changing music. Melodies, rhythms and harmonies are introduced all the way from 19th century ragtime to 1980’s hip hop. The packages include parts and (piano) score.

Bee and Bob (cl / asax & pno) 55016-569-4, € 4,00 Buy now
Benny Be Good
(cl & pno) 55016-570-0, € 4,00 Buy now
Bob's Bee (fl, ob, cl & bsn) 55016-584-7, € 5,90 Buy now
C-Blues
(cl & pno) 55016-571-7, € 4,00 Buy now
Dancing Shoes (fl, ob, cl, bsn & hn / tsax) 55016-585-4, € 6,90 Buy now
Funky Time
(trp / asax & pno) 55016-572-4, € 4,00 Buy now
Gospel
(cl / asax / trp & pno) 55016-573-1, € 4,00 Buy now
Happy Day's Rag (cl & pno) 55016-574-8, € 4,00 Buy now
Jumpin' Blues (cl / asax / trp & pno) 55016-575-5, € 4,00 Buy now
Moves Like Michael (sax quintet) 55016-586-1, € 6,90 Buy now
Party Time (tr / asax & pno) 55016-576-2, € 4,00 Buy now
Rap on the Hands (trp / asax & pno) 55016-577-9, € 4,00 Buy now
Riverboat Journey (cl / asax & pno) 55016-578-6, € 4,00 Buy now
Soul It (cl / asax / trp & pno) 55016-579-3, € 4,00 Buy now
Soulmates (cl / asax & pno) 55016-580-9, € 4,00 Buy now
St. Louis Rag (cl / trp & pno) 55016-581-6, € 4,00 Buy now
Strideway to Heaven (cl / asax / trp & pno) 55016-582-3, € 4,00 Buy now
This Little Blues of Mine (cl / asax / trp & pno) 55016-583-0, € 3,50 Buy now

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These settings of poems by Eeva-Liisa Manner (Orphic Songs, 1973) is now being published for the first time. The poems draw on ancient mythology, oriental philosophy and mysticism in their own inimitable, unadorned manner. Poet and composer shake hands in this song cycle: the same landscape looks different depending on the lighting and season.
55011-696-2, € 15,50 Buy now

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The delightful carol sequence by Joonas Kokkonen now finally available as an arrangement for mixed choir made by Kokkonen's composition student Jouko Linjama. Includes four Christmas songs (Jouluna, Legenda, Aattoiltana and Metsän joulu).
55011-702-0, € 10,40 Buy now

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The first publication of Joonas Kokkonen's piece for male choir "Lehvillä puiden" to the poem of Lassi Nummi (1928-2012).
55011-697-9, € 2,90 Buy now

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Downloadable and printable PDF edition. Ida Moberg (1859-1947) was the first widely educated female Finnish composer. Born in Helsinki she grew up in a musical family and studied singing, piano and composition in Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Germany. Skogsrån is composed to the poem of Gustaf Fröding.
Male choir 55016-567-0, € 3,30 Buy now
Arrangement for mixed choir 55016-568-7, € 3,30 Buy now

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Song cycle to poems by Eino Leino.
Eino Leino puhuttelee lyriikan ystäviä vuosikymmenestä toiseen, ja erityisen inspiroivana hänen tekstinsä näyttäytyy säveltäjille. Iiro Rantala on säveltänyt Leinon runoihin 10 laulua, joista neljä perustuu tunnettuun Hymyilevä Apollo -runoon. Laulut soveltuvat niin harrastajille, opiskeluun kuin esityskappaleiksikin. Piano-osuudet varustettu sointumerkein.
55011-691-7, € 36,90 Buy now

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Kolme Ilkka Kuusiston laulusarjaa nyt uusina julkaisuina.
Three song cycles by Ilkka Kuusisto now available

Aviollinen sarja (bass & piano) 55011-700-6, € 14,50 Buy now

Neljä laulua Aale Tynnin runoihin (mezzo-soprano & piano) 55011-701-3, € 14,50 Buy now

Onervan lauluja (soprano & piano) 55011-699-3, € 19,90 Buy now

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The Tree Suite includes some of the best-loved piano pieces by Jean Sibelius; the trees really did "speak" to the maestro. Anni Tolvanen's transription for wind quintet lends even more colours to the movements.
Score & parts 55011-698-6, € 28,90 Buy now

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NEWS & EVENTS

Žibuoklė Martinaitytė is a new name in Fennica Gehrman’s composer roster. Born in Lithuania in 1973, she studied composition at the Lithuanian Music Academy and took part in various composition workshops and courses in Europe. At the moment she lives in New York.
Her music often revolves around the subject of beauty, which she calls both a guiding principle and an aesthetic measure for sonic quality. Her four orchestral works, Saudade, Millefleur, Horizons and Chiaroscuro Trilogy are all included in the new Ondine album hailed e.g. in the New York Times, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine. The Stereophile Magazine chose it as the Recording of April.

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One of the items on the programme for the Helsinki Contemporary Opera Festival is the premiere of the monologue opera by Pasi Lyytikäinen Der unveröffentlichte Film der Eva Braun to a libretto in German by Maritza Núñez. This new festival focusing on contemporary Finnish chamber opera will be held for the first time at the Alexander Theatre in Helsinki and will present works with export potential. Lyytikäinen’s opera will have four performances on 2.–5.9. Cast in the leading role will be Reetta Ristimäki, backed by a six-piece chamber ensemble.

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The Avanti! Chamber Orchestra premiered a Concert Overture by Jean Sibelius in Helsinki on 26 May. The concert was broadcast at YLE and it is also available on YouTube. The Masked Musicians concert is conducted by Tuomas Hannikainen, who discovered the Sibelius material while studying the manuscript of the opera The Maiden in the Tower. The 12-minute piece is written for small chamber orchestra. Rental material will be available from Fennica Gehrman.

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Fennica Gehrman has signed a publishing agreement with Iiro Rantala who has received an exciting opera commission from Germany: Die Zaubermelodika will be premiered at the Komische Oper Berlin in October 2021. A sequel to Die Zauberflöte, the opera features the same cast – with a characteristic Rantala twist to the libretto by Minna Lindgren. Rantala’s first opera, Pikaparantola (Sanatorio Express), will receive its Australian premiere on 24.10.2021. Rantala's Double Concerto for violin, piano and orchestra is to be premiered in January 2022 by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, his orchestra partner for many years.
Fennica Gehrmna has published two new Rantala collections: Ajatuksia (Pieces of My Mind) and Hymyilevä Apollo (Smiling Apollo) which are available in our web shop.

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Fennica Gehrman has signed up some new works by Maija Hynninen, Roope Mäenpää and Sampo Kasurinen. Hynninen’s Oboe Concerto Incandescence was premiered by the Finnish RSO on 10 February with conductor Anna-Maria Helsing and soloist Kyeong Ham. Mäenpää’s Jamais vu was heard for the first time at the same Musica Nova concert in Helsinki. New works by Sampo Kasurinen are Overture for wind band and the Tango Sinfónico that won the composition competition of the Vantaa Pops Orchestra in 2018.

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The Finnish RSO and Dalia Stasevska premiered Antti Auvinen’s Guitar Concerto Andalusian Panzerwagen Jazz on 28. April. The soloist was s Petri Kumela. This was a RSO commission.
The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra has commissioned a work from Veli-Matti Puumala for 2022. Puumala has yet another forthcoming premiere: his Violin Concerto, a Finnish RSO commission which due to Covid-19 has been postponed.
Mikko Heiniö has been asked to write a Concerto for Kantele, Violin and String Orchestra for Eija Kankaanranta and Antti Tikkanen planned for a performance in 2022 at the Katedraali soi Festival in Turku.
Olli Kortekangas has received a commission from the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra for a piece for soprano and orchestra. Tuuli Takala will be the soloist in the world premiere scheduled...

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The BIS CD featuring choral works by Alex Freeman has been met with great enthusisam. According to the reviews "Anyone loving contemporary a cappella choral music will appreciate the impressive Requiem ‘Under the Arching Heavens’ by Freeman. The largely tonal Requiem has a highly individual tonal language…" Included on the disc by Nils Schweckendiek and the Helsinki Chamber Choir is also A Wilderness of Sea. More information and sound samples are available on BIS's home page.

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Year 2021 marks the centenary of the birth of Joonas Kokkonen. A leading figure in the history of Finnish music, he is especially known for his symphonies and his opera The Last Temptations which will be performed at Jyväskylä Theatre from 31 December 2021 onwards. The Jyväskylä Sinfonia will be conducted by Ville Matvejeff. Fennica Gehrman has published a piano reduction of the opera to honour the centenary. First publications of his works are now also available in our web shop such as Sub rosa and The Hades of the Birds (Lintujen tuonela).

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BIS Records’ new Kalevi Aho CD has had a truly enthusiastic reception in the media. Containing the Percussion Concerto Sieidi and the 5th Symphony, it was voted Music Web’s record of the month in October, and the Symphony made a stunning impact on the critic. In the Gramophone magazine the soloist, Colin Currie, writes about Sieidi, one of the best-loved and most frequently performed of all the percussion concertos: “Part of this composer’s mastery is the structural backbone to all his music, and the architectural concept of this piece is frankly fantastic.”  Other reviews have hailed Sieidi as wild and exotic.

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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.


Yhdessä pianolla
sai alkunsa tekijöiden innosta kehittää pianonsoiton ryhmätunteja: luoda uutta materiaalia yhdessä soitettavaksi sekä tarjota monipuolista ja luovaa näkökulmaa muusikkouteen vapaan säestyksen, improvisoinnin ja säveltämisen kautta. Kirjan kappaleet koostuvat tuttujen kansanlaulujen ja klassisen musiikin teosten sovituksista sekä uusista sävellyksistä. Mukana melodia-, sävel- ja rytmikortit, joita voi käyttää improvisointi- ja sävellystehtävissä tai apuvälineenä rytmien ja nuottien opetteluun vaikkapa muistipeliä pelaten. Kirjalla on oma YouTube -kanava, ja kappaleita pääsee kuulemaan myös QR-koodeilla. Oppilaan kirja / Opettajan opas


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


Around the World in 30 Pit-Stops / Maailman ympäri 30 biisissä
is Sami Juntunen's 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. 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 etc. Buy now


Ihanuuksien ihmemaa on
Jukka Nykäsen ihastusta herättänyt pianosovitusten kokoelma
, jonka tyylilajit liikkuvat ennakkoluulottomasti iloitellen musiikin historiassa. Tämä kokoelma vie sydämesi! Osta verkkokaupasta / Esipuhe / Sisältö / Näytesivuja: Karjalan kunnailla - Romanssi (Fougstedt) - Hyljätyn valitus - Suvivirsi

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The Carice Singers
George Parris, conductor

Cheltenham Music Festival, Cheltenham (UK)
World premiere

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Lapland Chamber Orchestra/ c. Tomas Djupsjöbacka

Luosto, Luosto (Finland)

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Soloist Tuija Knihtilä/Lappeenrannan kaupunginorkesteri/ c. Erkki Lasonpalo

Lappeenranta-sali, Lappeenranta (Finland)

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Soloist Eero Saunamäki/Saimaa Sinfonietta/ c. Erkki Lasonpalo

Mikaeli, Mikkeli (Finland) World premiere

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Soloist Eero Saunamäki/Saimaa Sinfonietta/ c. Erkki Lasonpalo

Lappeenranta-sali, Lappeenranta (Finland)

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Cowley Fu, Sasja Jantunen, Jussi Littunen, Tanja Niiranen, Lambis Pavlou, Niina Ranta, Eveliina Sumelius-Lindblom, Ossi Tanner, Tony Wong ...

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