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for cello and orchestra
This work by Žibuoklė Martinaitytė reflects the seasons of the year in four movements. The Finnish title stands for soul-landscape which for the composer is related to the question of cultural identity: "My physical home keeps changing and the only thing that remains is music." Buy now

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The string trio End Credits (2016) is intended to play together with a video projection. Composer Jennah Vainio sees it as a portrayal of a person's inner mind: "It is a beautiful, tender and introvert snapshot of a moment, a journey into the thoughts of a person. The work can be visualized by a video edited by myself." Buy now

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Kyllönen's Trio no. 4 op. 38 (1994) for was commissioned by the Association of Finnish Music Schools. The 12-minute piece can also be performed with different descant instruments: two violins, violin & clarinet or flute & violin. Buy now

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Karkija for bass clarinet and marimba was a commission of Duo Xylokosmos and was premiered in Austria 2007. The product includes one performance score (B4 sized loose pages) in a folder. Buy now

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These seven variations and theme based on a Finnish folk song were composed in 2016. The folk song in question begins with the phrase "When the boys went singing around the village / the girls believed somebody was playing the organ." Buy now

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Klarinetti on nuorin sinfoniaorkesterin puupuhaltimista, mutta aikamme musiikissa se on ehkä eniten käytetty monipuolisuutensa ja joustavuutensa ansiosta. Klarinetin tutkimusmatka on johdatus soittimen historiaan, rakenteeseen, ominaisuuksiin ja soittoteknisiin mahdollisuuksiin. Kirja on suunnattu sekä klarinetisteille, jotka haluavat uutta tietoa soittimestaan, että säveltäjille, jotka kirjoittavat musiikkia klarinetille. Kirja sopii luettavaksi kaikille klarinetista tai aikamme musiikista kiinnostuneille musiikin ammattilaisille ja harrastajille. Buy now

This is a Finnish-language version of Exploring the Clarinet.

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Nils-Eric Fougstedt's bright and playful suite for string orchestra in three movements (1953) is perfect addition to student orchestras' repertoire. Buy now

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Salon Latino (2017–21) has three movements: 1. Salsa y guacamole combines jazz and samba, 2. Fresas con crema is a slow Venezuelan merengue and 3. Tequila y tacos is a joropo from the eastern llanos of Colombia. The first two movements serve very well as student material for young trumpetists. Buy now

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This sparkling orchestral piece by Finnish-Greek composer Petros Paukkunen is a continuum of ritual dance and meditation, as the composer describes it. The 12-minute piece was premiered in 2019 at the Sibelius Festival in Lahti. Buy now

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Kalevi Aho wrote the hilarious, virtuosic and compact "Berliner Bagatelle" in winter 2018 at the request of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet as a sort of concert encore. Duration 5 minutes. Buy now

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Beneath for wind quintet (2007) was commissioned by the quintet Arktinen hysteria. The work was premiered in 2007. Buy now

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Helvi Leiviskä (1902-1982) created a broad-based output of orchestral works, solo songs and chamber music. Her style could be described as moderate modernism, deriving influences from multiple sources such as late Romanticism, Symbolism, Expressionism, Existentialism and Neo-Classicism. Leiviskä's output is characterised by philosophical and religious themes, images of nature and narrative structures. Many of her works focus on human existential angst and spiritual searching and growth.

Piano Quartet is considered one of the cornerstones of her chamber music output. It is published for the first time 2022 with an extensive foreword by Susanna Välimäki. Duration 25 min. Buy now

Piano Trio is a powerful, youthful work that impresses with its direct expression, its affective potential and its profound sonority. Duration 19 min. Buy now

Sonata for violin and piano in G minor op. 21 (1945) is a grand, passionate quest narrative. Lasting about 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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The concerto for violin and orchestra was composed in 2005 for Erkki Palola. The inspiration of the "Nonexistent Knight" was found in literature (Calvino, Cervantes), in music (Monteverdi) and in the singing of birds. Solo part & piano reduction Buy now

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NEWS & EVENTS

Ondine's new album including works by Žibuoklė Martinaitytė has been met with enthusiasm  in the medias worldwide. The CD includes three works for string orchestra: Nunc fluens. Nunc stans, Ex Tenebris Lux and Sielunmaisema. The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra is conducted by Karolis Variakojis. The new CD was a five-star Editor’s Choice in Limelight Magazine, which wrote: “Martinaitytė wows with new works for string orchestra. This is extraordinary music with a harmonic language all her own: powerful, minimal while immense and unutterably beautiful.” Listen some examples here.

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Antti Auvinen and Iiro Rantala were awarded by the Finnish Music Publishers Association on 5. September. Auvinen was chosen as Composer of the Year in the contemporary/classical music genre. Iiro Rantala was chosen as Crossover Composer of the Year.

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The opera Den svarte munken (The Black Monk) by Pehr Henrik Nordgren was staged for the first time in Helsinki on 3 & 4 September. Nordgren wrote the libretto after the mystic short story by Anton Chekhov. Both the conductor, Teemu Hämäläinen, and the stage director, Ville Saukkonen, werere excited to be staging such a significant work.

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Timo-Juhani Kyllösen
ja Leena Lehtolaisen monologiooppera Ilona Irti kantaesitettiin Espoon Urkuyö ja aaria -festivaalilla 18. elokuuta, esiintyjinä sopraano Aurora Marthens ja Trio Roozeman. Kapellimestarina toimi säveltäjä Kyllönen. Tämä kiehtova ja ajankohtainen teos käsittelee naisen kokemuksia ja tasa-arvoa nykypäivän yhteiskunnassa. Libretisti Lehtolainen ja Aurora Marthens kertoivat ajatuksiaan tästä unelmaprojektista Yle Areenassa.

Timo-Juhani Kyllönen's monologue opera Ilona Irti Op. 100 to the libretto by Leena Lehtolainen was  premiered at the Organ Night and Aria festival in Espoo on 18 August by soprano Aurora Marthens and the Trio Roozeman.

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This year marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of Helvi Leiviskä. Fennica Gehrman has published some sought-after chamber works by her, including her Piano Quartet, Piano Trio and Sonata for Violin and Piano. Also some other pieces have been dug out of the archives. Revised editions of Leiviskä's orchestral works have also been made available, and a few can be heard in autumn 2022: the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra will perform her Sinfonia Brevis on 21 September with Dalia Stasevska conducting, and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Anna-Maria Helsing will play her Second Symphony on 6 December.

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The CD Under the Arching Heavens by BIS Records was chosen as the choral recording of the year 2021. It includes works by Alex Freeman performed by the Helsinki Chamber choir conducted by Nils Schweckendiek. Included are  A Wilderness of Seas and Under the Arching Heavens: A Requiem - both now available in Fennica Gehrman's web shop.

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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 "Sigla" was 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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Inspiring instrument teaching for beginners at the East Helsinki Music Institute with charming young musicians! Various books and tutorials are available in our web shop.

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 Petri Kumela/Avanti! Chamber Orchestra/ c. Jozsef Hars

Sipoon kirkko, Sipoo (Finland)

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Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/ c. Susanna Mälkki

Helsinki Music Centre Concert Hall, Helsingin kaupunki (Finland) World Premiere

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Soloist Tuuli Lindeberg/Zagros Ensemble/ c. Petri Komulainen

Musiikkitalo, Helsinki (Finland)

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Soloist Jani Sunnarborg/Helsingin Barokkiorkesteri/ c. Aapo Häkkinen

Musiikkitalon konserttisali, Helsinki (Finland)

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Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/ c. Ingo Metzmacher

Helsinki Music Centre, Helsinki (Finland)

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Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/ c. Ingo Metzmacher

Helsinki Music Centre, Helsinki (Finland)

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