NEW PUBLICATIONS

The Sonata in G minor op. 21 (1945) is a grand, passionate quest narrative. Lasting ca. 25 minutes, it is as demanding as a virtuoso concerto: most of its texture is like an extended cadenza, with expansive leaps, arpeggios, double stops and extensive use of the high register. Buy now

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Géza Szilvay's Kreutzerini, here adapted for viola by David Banney, consists of 42 finger exercises for perfect intonation in the first position. Kreutzerini is a supplementary material for the Colourstrings Viola ABC Book B  but it can be used independently as well. Buy now

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The volume G of the popular Colourstrings violin tutors by Géza Szilvay studies every position of the violin in a separate volume. The extensive Book G5 – Sixth and Seventh Position follows the key principles of Colourstrings methodology, but it can be fully utilized also without any previous use or knowledge about the Colourstrings method. The innovative and unique visual presentation of the “house of the positions” and preparatory exercises for the challenging passages help the young and older students to fully understand, why and where the different positions are needed. Buy now

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Suite for Helena (Svit för Helena, 1994) for wind quintet is built on folk tunes from Åland Islands. In five movements, it takes a form from classical models (French suite, fuga, scherzo) and also of "family diary" describing the first steps of a baby boy (David's promenade), the bird sounds at the sea next to the summer cottage. Buy now

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Mien (2014) for alto flute, English horn, clarinet, horn & bassoon is based on rippling, wavering, timbre changing effect of bisbigliando. The good-humoured piece has a swinging jingle, and with the duration of ca. 5 minutes is suitable for many kinds of programming. Buy now

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Päärme (Hem) has a pulsative character, especially in the outer sections, and the idea of steady but erratically colourful stitching prompted the amusing and highly unusual word the composer chose for the title of the piece. The hemming in this trio is cheerfully brisk, though the result is not always even intended to be overneat or regular. Duration 10 minutes. Buy now

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Alex Freeman found initial inspiration for his string quartet (2015) in a series of photographs a geologist friend showed him of en échelon veins in rock formations. This single-movement work is ca. 13 minutes long.
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A Wilderness of Sea draws from four of Shakespeare’s most famous works. This 16-part and 15-minute-long piece emphasizes a common thread among those works that addresses two of the most universal aspects of human existence: water and impermanence. Buy now

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This publication includes two pieces by Harri Wessman for flute & guitar:

Pan and the Nymph Pitys (1979) bears the first symptoms of Wessman's later style, the texture being softly dissonant. In an old mythological dictionary the composer found that Pan had had some love affair with an other nymph than famous Syrinx as well, with Pitys (greek pine-tree).

Towards the Night (1978) belongs to Wessman's previous world of tonal entertainment music. It is a melodious ballad, characterized by a short-long rhythm, a lot of seventh and altered chords and a passage, where the guitar takes the leed and plays the melody in tremolo.

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The name of Lara Poe’s solo trumpet work Triton (2019) alludes both the sea god Triton and the shell named after him. The 6-minute-long piece is constructed of two types of material: the combination of a fanfare like trumpet call with a meandering line, and more undulating material. Buy now

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Singel excelsis is composed using the material from an earlier work for three organs. Auvinen finds fascinating the rhythmic characteristics of the organ: "Many of the vibrations and rhythmic fluctuations derived from the overtone series and the natural virtuosity of the instrument is utterly fascinating." Buy now

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The material for Jyrki Linjama's Allerheiligentag cycle is a Finnish folk chorale for All Saints' Day (no. 146 in the Finnish Hymn Book). The second work in the cycle is a piece for orchestra (2009), the third for string quartet. The fourth and fifth are solo works for viola da gamba and violin. Buy now

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These earlier published popular works are now also available as downloadable PDF editions:

SOLO INSTRUMENT:
Aho: Solo XII for viola Buy now
Aho: Solo XIV for clarinet Buy now
Aho: Solo XV for marimba Buy now

VOICE & PIANO:
Hannikainen: Fotspåren i snön Buy now

ORCHESTRA:
Klami: Overture to the play Cobblers on the Heath Buy now

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NEWS & EVENTS

Composer Jyrki Linjama is celebrating his 60th anniversary this year. Linjama is a composer especially known for his church music although his work list consists equally of sacred and more profane music. He has composed a wealth of chamber, vocal and instrumental works including several pieces for organ. His impressive opera Three Letters to Laestadius takes a stand against bigotry and the narrow role of women in religious circles.

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Lotta Wennäkoski is one of the four composers in a commissioning project initiated by the Danish String Quartet pairing new works with Schubert’s chamber music. Wennäkoski’s quartet Pige was premiered on 21 April at Carnegie Hall, and after that there will be performances at several venues (Cal Performances, Vancouver Recital Society, UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures, Flagey & Muziekgebouw). Wennäkoski has also been the Finnish RSO’s spotlight composer for this season. Her Harp Concerto will be premiered on 18 May with Sivan Magen as the soloist.

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Fennica Gehrman has entered into a partnership with four new composers. Timo Alakotila (b. 1959) is a prolific musician, composer and arranger and a well-known name in folk music circles. Publishing agreements have been made for his concert pieces. Lauri Mäntysaari has won an established foothold as one of the most interesting Finnish composers born in the 1980s. Fennica will publish a selection of his chamber music. Lara Poe and Petros Paukkunen, both born in the 1990s, are recent additions to our catalogue. Finnish-American Poe has already won international acclaim for her orchestral and ensemble works. Paukkunen recently delighted listeners with his effervescent orchestral work Touched by Sacred Fire.

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Matthew Whittall will have a residency with the Vancouver Chamber Choir in 2022-2023 including performances of his works This Advent Moon, As One Listens to the Rain  and Songs of Travel – a recent piece commissioned by the Carice Singers and Spira Ensemble. The residency will end with a world premiere of a new work in spring 2023. Whittall is also Associate Composer of the Carice Singers, and the choir has plans to record his works in the near future.
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra has commissioned a work from him as part of its Helsinki Variations series. Hiljaisuus puhuu (Silence Speaks) will be premiered in autumn 2022.

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Paavo Heininen died on 18 January 2022. His unparallel creativity and intellect will be greatly missed. Heininen was a prolific composer whose oeuvre ranges from solo pieces and chamber music to large-scale works such as the operas The Knife and The Damask Drum. He is also known for his valuable work as Professor of Composition at the Sibelius Academy.
Heininen's work as a symphonist was an essential part of his career. He composed two symphonies (Nos. 7 and 8) and several other pieces during recent years. Many of them have not been premiered yet such as the eight symphony which was to be his last. Heininen also wrote duos for every orchestral instrument and piano as well as six string quartets. His enthusiasm and passion were also directed to other forms of art, especially literature.

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Kalevi Aho’s new received several premieres during spring 2022. First in the pipeline was the Piccolo Clarinet Concerto ‘Simplicus simplicissimus’ on 24.2. by the Kuopio City Orchestra. The Helsinki Philharmonic premiered the Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra on 11.3. and the Concerto for Alto Flute and Strings was heard on 17.3. in Skopje, Macedonia. The Lahti Symphony premiered Aho’s Concerto for Viola, Percussion and Orchestra on 31 March.

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Herman Rechberger (1947-2022) was born in Linz, Austria. He moved to Finland in 1970 and soon made a name for himself as a composer and performing artist. Rechberger radiated positive energy, warm humour and enthusiasm. Being near him was an uplifting experience. He was an explorer and a Renaissance figure who was familiar with music of different historical eras and geographical regions. This extensive knowledge was reflected in his works ranging from solo pieces to large-scale works such as the Heartbeat Concerto (Colpe de Corazón) and the opera …Nunc et semper…. His oeuvre includes also choral pieces, chamber music and orchestral works including three symphonies, which still await for their world premiere. Rechberger also wrote books on African, Arabian and Balkan music.

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Der unveröffentlichte Film der Eva Braun (The unpublished tape of Eva Braun) by Pasi Lyytikäinen received several performances during the autumn season. This short monologue opera is a highly entertaining show: an absurd, surreal description of the aging Eva Braun tracing her life, choices, regrets and forgotten dreams. The music moves forward with a drive and includes catchy stylistic allusions: folk songs, marches and jazzy schlagers in cabaret style. See a video clip.

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Lasten Lied - Children's Lied
Interpretation and storytelling, social and musical interaction together with instrument and performance skills. Children's Lied provides all this in delightful repertoire collections for young singers and pianists. Volume 2 includes songs from a wide range of countries and cultures in eight languages, all of them with sung English translations. Buy now

 

 


Anna soida! - Spela på!

Pianokoulu aikuisille, on jälleen saatavilla. Se on opas niille, joiden pianonsoiton opiskelu on syystä tai toisesta keskeytynyt tai lykkäytynyt. Mukana on monipuolista ja virkistävää ohjelmistoa, kaikille tuttuja klassisia pienoishelmiä ja ikivihreitä. Koskaan ei ole liian myöhäistä oppia uutta! Pianoskola för vuxna. Tvåspråkig utgåva. Osta verkkokaupasta.


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

PERFORMANCES

Soloist Kristian Lindroos/Turun filharmoninen orkesteri, TY:n kuoro/ c. Tomas Djupsjöbacka

tbc, Turku (Finland)

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Soloist Joel Bonsdorff, Reetta Haavisto, Margit Westerlund,

Niklas Spångberg, Hedvig Paulig, Ville Salonen/Pori Sinfonietta/ c. Kaapo Ijas

Aleksanteri...

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Soloist Joel Bonsdorff, Reetta Haavisto, Margit Westerlund,

Niklas Spångberg, Hedvig Paulig, Ville Salonen/Pori Sinfonietta/ c. Kaapo Ijas

Aleksanteri...

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Soloist Joel Bonsdorff, Reetta Haavisto, Margit Westerlund,

Niklas Spångberg, Hedvig Paulig, Ville Salonen/Pori Sinfonietta/ c. Kaapo Ijas

Aleksanteri...

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Soloist Joel Bonsdorff,

Reetta Haavisto,

Margit Westerlund, Niklas Spångberg/Satakunnan Ooppera, Pori Sinfonietta/ c. Kaapo Ijas

Promenadisali, Pori...

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Soloist Joel Bonsdorff,

Reetta Haavisto,

Margit Westerlund, Niklas Spångberg/Satakunnan Ooppera, Pori Sinfonietta/ c. Kaapo Ijas

Promenadisali, Pori...

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