NEW PUBLICATIONS

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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These delightful piano pieces are now available as downloadable and printable PDF editions:

Erkki Melartin: Pieces from play The Sleeping Beauty
-Overture 55016-562-5, € 5,90 Buy now
-Menuetto 55016-560-1, € 4,90 Buy now
-Dance of the Gnomes 55016-564-9, € 4,90 Buy now
-Waltz 55016-559-5, € 5,90 Buy now

Erkki Melartin: Stimmungen (6 pieces for piano, Op. 54) 55016-563-2, € 6,90 Buy now

Oskar Merikanto: Dance of the Fairies 55016-566-3, € 5,90 Buy now

Ahti Sonninen: Suite from the ballet Pessi & Illusia 55016-565-6, € 10,90 Buy now

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Volume G of the Colourstrings Violin tutors studies every position of the violin in a separate volume. It offers art-pedagogical material in order to read confidently in the positions, to master the shifting movements and to understand why and when to use a particular position.

G1 – Second position 55011-594-1, € 44,50 Buy now
G2 – Third position 55011-595-8, € 46,50 Buy now
Supplement for Book G2 (Performing pieces in the first three positions) 55011-637-5, € 19,90 Buy now
Piano accompaniments
for G books 55011-646-7, € 46,50 Buy now

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Iiro Rantala composed 10 new jazzy piano tunes for this collection. They are swinging, surprising and mood-creating tunes, with imaginative details spicing up the melodies - rhythmic hooks, playing with the chord colours, quirky turns and uplifting culminations. These short pieces are suitable for pianists with a few years' experience in playing.
55011-690-0, € 24,50 Buy now

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Tchaikovsky's ballets are among the most beloved repertoire for orchestras. Yrjö Hjelt has transcribed the most famous segments of "Swan Lake", "The Sleeping Beauty" and "The Nutcracker" for a chamber orchestra. The suite is 45 minutes in duration, but can be performed in shorter version as well.
Score & parts 55011-695-5, € 199,00 Buy now

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Järnefelt composed his Festouverture (Festive Overture) for the official opening of the Finnish National Theatre in 1902. The overture is firmly anchored on a jubilant D major and observes the traditional sonata-form scheme. Fennica Gehrman commissioned a band transcription from professor Robert J. Ambrose as soon as the symphony version score was engraved in 2019.
Score & parts 55011-580-4, € 120,00 Buy now

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This piece for 12 musicians (symphonic wind instruments and percussion) explores the mental images of autumn, melancholy and freedom. The work is in one movement, this revised version dates from 2018.
Score & parts 55011-482-1, € 78,20 Buy now

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This collection of repertoire for young singers and pianists contains songs from a wide range of countries and cultures. There are songs in eight languages, all of them with sung Finnish and English translations. A thorough pedagogical introduction and a large collection of downloadable versions of the songs in various keys make this collection a valuable tool for all educators willing to open the door to the world of Lied for kids and teens.
55011-659-7, € 55,60 Buy now

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A handpicked collection of piano gems. Contents: Amy Beach: Exiles · Lili Boulanger: Cortège · Brahms: Hungarian Dance no. 6; Intermezzo A major · Chopin: Étude E major; Marche funèbre; Prelude E minor · Debussy: Golliwog’s Cakewalk · Massenet: Elegie · Mozart: Fantasia no. 3 D minor · Prokofiev: Visions fugitives 1 · Rachmaninov: Prelude C sharp minor · Satie: Gymnopédie (Lent et douloureux) · Schubert: Ständchen · Clara Schumann: Larghetto · Robert Schumann: Valse no. 8 from Papillons · Skriabin: Prelude · Tchaikovsky: Douce rêverie; Romance F minor
55011-678-8, € 24,90 Buy now

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Siri Brander (1866–1934) was one of the first female composers to be played by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Elegie (originally for piano) was arranged for string orchestra by A. E. Westerlind and first performed in 1894. More than 120 years later it was recovered in the archives. The small treasure of pure salon romanticism has the duration of 4 minutes.
Score & parts 55011-688-7, € 49,50 Buy now

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Kalevi Aho composed this piece for oboe in 2015 for the 60th anniversary of his brother Keijo Aho, who also premiered the work. The 10-minute work has five movements and is suitable also for advanced students. Each movement portrays a muse of the Greek mythology.
55011-493-7, € 13,90 Buy now

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Kalevi Aho composed ER-OS in 2015 as a wedding gift for conductor-clarinetist Osmo Vänskä and violinist Erin Keefe and named the work with the initials of their names. The virtuosic work is divided in three parts, the overall duration c. 11 minutes.
2 Playing scores: 55011-687-0, € 18,90 Buy now

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Pitkään toivottu, alun perin 1990-luvulla julkaistu Pianokoulu aikuisille jälleen saatavilla! Anna soida! on kätevä opas  niille, joiden pianonsoiton opiskelu on syystä tai toisesta keskeytynyt tai lykkääntynyt. Sisältää monipuolista ja virkistävää ohjelmistoa, kaikille tuttuja kappaleita ja klassisia pienoishelmiä. Koskaan ei ole liian myöhäistä oppia soittamaan! Tvåspråkig utgåva fin-sve. 55011-636-8, € 34,90 Buy now

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Uuno Klami (1900–1961) became one of the leading Finnish Modernists during the 1920s. His sonata for viola and piano in B flat minor (1920) stayed forgotten for a long time until in 2016 the violist Eero Kesti took the demanding task of editing the very challenging manuscript which was full of unclear corrections. The sonata has impressionistic and romantic features and is surprisingly mature and original, considering the young age of the composer. Duration ca. 21 min.
55011-680-1, € 30,80 Buy now

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In spring 2020 the coronavirus began to spread throughout the world and in many places people were subjected to quarantine. It was then that the Japanese violist Hiyoli Togawa proposed to the record label BIS to release a viola disc entitled Songs of Solitude of short pieces by different contemporary composers as a reflection of the present time and offering comfort to listeners in their solitude. Kalevi Aho was asked to compose this piece in which Hiyoli could play and sing simultaneously. Duration ca. 5'30.
55011-686-3, € 12,30 Buy now

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According to Jouni Kaipainen, the fourth string quartet (2006) is one of the key works of Seppo Pohjola (b. 1965) and holds a place as a landmark in Finnish quartet literature. It is the longest (ca. 33 min) of Pohjola's five string quartets and has the widest thematic arcs of his quartets.
Score & parts 55011-677-1, € 48,50 Buy now

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NEWS & EVENTS

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 will mark 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.

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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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Géza Szilvay, founder of the renowned Colourstrings method, has been chosen as the President of ESTA, following such predecessors as Max Rostal, Yehudi Menuhin and Bruno Gurianna. Szilvay has made a long career in Finland teaching at the East Helsinki Music Institute and the Sibelius Academy. With his brother Csaba he developed the Colourstrings teaching program that has spread around the world. New material for the violin ABC has recently been published. A new addition to this method is the Guitar ABC.

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Antti Auvinen has been much in the limelight due to his new CD, which sold out even before its official release. His music is said to include many superlatives such as “the most energy or the most extreme effects”. The Ondine disc by the Finnish RSO and Hannu Lintu includes three works – Junker Twist, Himmel Punk and Turbo Aria  – and has met with great enthusiasm. According to the critics, Auvinen’s finest talent is in the chillingly clear musical images that emerge from the pressurised fury. His timbral palette and its masterful handling are astounding. After the ‘punkier’ tones, we are transported to heavenly, strangely luminous and glowing spheres in which Auvinen convincingly demonstrates that he truly does have more strings to his bow than noise and tumult.

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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

PERFORMANCES

Soloist Benjamin Beilman/San Antonio Symphony/ c. Lina Gonzalez-Granados

H-E-B Performance Hall, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio (TX)...

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San Antonio Symphony /c. Lina Gonzalez-Granados s. Benjamin Beilman

H-E-B Performance Hall, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio, TX...

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Avanti! Chamber Orchestra/ c. Tuomas Hannikainen

Ritarihuone, Helsinki (Finland)

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Avanti! Chamber Orchestra/ c. Tuomas Hannikainen

Ritarihuone, Helsinki (Finland) World premiere

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Soloist Benjamin Beilman/San Antonio Symphony/ c. Lina Gonzalez-Granados

H-E-B Performance Hall, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio (TX)...

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San Antonio Symphony / c. Lina Gonzalez-Granados, s. Benjamin Beilman

H-E-B Performance Hall, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio, TX...

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