NEW PUBLICATIONS

Linjama’s second string quartet (2018) is subtitled Allerheiligentag III. The material for the Allerheiligentag cycle is a Finnish folk chorale for All Saints’ Day (the other works in the cycle are a string trio, a piece for orchestra and solo works for viola da gamba and violin). The quartet is in three movements tensed in different ways by contrasts.
55011-553-8, € 34,80 Buy now

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A series of seven new swinging and sweet arrangements for salon orchestra with flexible instruments. The downloadble and printable PDF package includes the full score and nine parts in multiple versions. The instrumentation allows the pieces to be performed with four players (parts I−IV) or expand to full salon orchestra (string instruments, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano).

Abreu: Tico-tico no fubá € 15,00 Buy now
Gardel: Volver (tango) € 15,00 Buy now
Gershwin: Summertime € 15,00 Buy now
Hannikainen: Karjalaisten laulu € 15,00 Buy now
Merikanto: Valse lente € 15,00 Buy now
Rachmaninov: Vocalise € 15,00 Buy now
Valgre: Saarenmaan valssi € 15,00 Buy now

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for flute and tuba
This swirling duo was composed in 1991. It is an exciting, lively dialogue between two contrasting instruments. Duration ca. 6 min. See the performance by Kristin Müürsepp and Enri Remmelgas in YouTube.
55011-682-5, € 14,50 Buy now

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Based on the famous Colourstrings method, Guitar ABC is designed primarily for young beginners as their first introduction to the world of guitar playing. The material can be adapted for teaching children of any age (in groups or individually) and used either on its own or combined with other beginner learning materials. The different elements of music and the music staff are introduced on a simple way. The repertoire is a collection of children’s songs and folksongs from different countries. 55011-603-0, € 42,80 Buy now

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Lament was commissioned by Camerata Nordica in 2008. The solo part in this piece was composed to represent a sad and lone human voice in a world of disappointment. However, the very last phrase of the 9-minute piece is in a major key and echoes a prayer for hope. The solo can also be performed with violin or viola.
Score, solo & orchestral parts 55011-679-5, € 58,00 Buy now

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Tämä kuorosarja oli Oulaisten Nuorisokuoron tilaus sen 45-vuotisjuhlakonserttiin. Anna Elina Isoaron tekstiin sävelletty teos muodostuu neljästä osasta: 1. Muistikirja 2. Opintie 3. Historiikki 4. Sukutaulu.
55011-338-1, € 9,90 Buy now

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This piano piece is a fantasy meditation on the Train/Spaceship chords in the opera "Einstein on the Beach" by Philip Glass. There is something strange in the repeating five-chord progression (Fm – Db – A – B7 – E) "because it never fails to lift the audience to its feet". Nuorvala's piece was written in 2020 for pianist Nicolas Horvath’s Hommage à Glass project. Duration 6'30.
55011-676-4, € 13,60 Buy now

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Aho’s song cycle is set to poems of a Finnish modernist Tuomas Anhava (1927-2001). The composer tells: “I tried to create a work in which the words and the music were organically one. These autumnal poems immediately began to sound as music in my mind since they have a very beautiful musical ring and rhythm.”
Score & parts 55011-675-7, € 49,90 Buy now

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Scored for piano left hand and string quartet, Mysterium (2019) consists of four movements performed without a break. Inspired by the last, unfinished work, by Alexander Scriabin, Mysterium is a piano quintet dedicated to pianist Izumi Tateno. It is founded throughout on six-part Scriabin-like harmonies that also served as a basis for the melodic material.
55011-674-0, € 49,90 Buy now

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A large-scale work in four movements lasting over half an hour, Kalevi Aho’s Sonata for violoncello and piano (2019) in four movements is furios, virtuosic and poweful, with a lyrical second movement. The third movement is a cello cadenza, provided in two versions: with and without throat singing.
55011-673-3, € 29,90 Buy now

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The explosive energy (typical of Tiina Myllärinen, b. 1979) grows in overlapping crescendos. It may be divided into two parts, the expansive first leading to a denser, more layered second. The music is marked off by strong, polyrhythmic eruptions and everdenser crescendos that carry the piece to its close.
Study score 55011-656-6, € 15,50 Buy now

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Six warm-hearted arrangements for 3 flexible instruments, ideal for home, office or school use at Christmas time. Each part can be doubled, and they are available in different transpositions, so the ensemble combination is beyond limits! The package includes a full score, parts 1, 2 & 3 in C, Bb and Eb transpositions, the 2nd part also in viola clef and the 3rd part also in F.
Complete set: 55011-657-3, € 55,80 Buy now
The pieces are also available separately as PDFs:
Collan: Sylvian joululaulu € 9,50 Buy now
Kotilainen: Varpunen jouluaamuna € 9,50 Buy now
Raala: Joulukirkkoon € 9,50 Buy now
Sibelius: En etsi valtaa loistoa € 9,50 Buy now
Sibelius: On hanget korkeat nietokset € 9,50 Buy now
Wartiovaara-Kallioniemi: Tonttu € 9,50 Buy now

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The Viola Concerto is part of an entire concert, which Kalevi Aho composed for the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland to be premiered in 2007. Concerto is in a single movement, but it nevertheless contains slower and faster episodes of varying or contrasting character. The piece also includes a demanding cadenza. Duration 24 min.
Solo part 55009-705-6, € 16,90 Buy now
Study score 55011-655-9, € 32,50 Buy now

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Pasi Hyökin mukaansa tempaava sovitus sekakuorolle Tonttu-joululaulusta (Pakkasyö on ja leiskuen). Jokainen stemma vuorollaan kuljettaa melodiaa antaen mahdollisuuden sooloäänien esiin nostamiseen.
55011-654-2, € 4,20 Buy now

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The guitar miniature Törö (2007) is dedicated to the guitarist Petri Kumela. Törö is Finnish for Gudgeon (Gobio gobio), a species of fish living in fresh-water streams. It communicates with special creaks, also heard in the composition.
55011-351-0, € 11,90 Buy now

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Composed for the chamber music camp at Finns (Espoo, Finland) – where Harri Wessman was the composer-in-residence for many years – this frisky, happy 13-minute music for as many violins and violas (both in unison) as possible accompanied by piano borrows the title from Vivaldi’s Seasons, and fools around with the musical-rhetorical figure of baroque music.
Score & parts 55011-650-4, € 39,90 Buy now

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Junker Twist A staggering 9-minute piece with polyrhythmic elements. Study score 55011-651-1, € 19,90 Buy now
Himmel Punk
In this 15-minute piece the opening punk section transforms into a heavenly moment for harp and piano, relentlessly pursued by savage attacks from the orchestra. Study score 55011-652-8, € 19,90 Buy now
Turbo Aria
The key role  is given to processed sounds from recordings on vintage 78s made by Finnish sopranos. These ‘arias’ and the sounds of the accompanying instruments are augmented by the crackles, pops, hisses and other mechanical noises made by the original discs. Study score 55011-653-5, € 19,90 Buy now

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Ihania, uusia joululaulusovituksia pianolle! Katso esittelyvideo täältä. New Christmas song arrangements for piano with an irresistible jazz touch. (En etsi valtaa, loistoa; Heinillä härkien kaukalon; Joulupuu on rakennettu; Jouluyö, juhlayö; Kallein joululahja; Kettu juoksi yli järven; Kilisee, kilisee kulkunen; Kun joulu on; Nisse-polkka; Oi kuusipuu; Sydämeeni joulun teen; Sylvian joululaulu; Tuikkikaa, oi joulun tähtöset; Varpunen jouluaamuna; Potpuri (No onkos tullut kesä, Jouluaatto nyt on herttainen, Nyt syttyy valot tuhannet, Joulun kellot). 55011-645-0, € 24,90 Buy now

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NEWS & EVENTS

The Finnish RSO premiered Maija Hynninen's oboe concerto Incandescence on 10 February at the Musica Nova festival. The concert was broadcast live on Yle Teema, Yle Areena and Yle Radio 1. Hynninen's concerto was chosen for the list of recommended works in the IV International Uuno Klami Composition Competition. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s novel The Waves it glows in different colours and the highly virtuosic solo part glimmers and glides over the fluctuating textures of the orchestra. Read how the concerto came about and see the program note (in Finnish).

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BIS Records has released a CD featuring choral works by American-Finnish composer Alex Freeman. Included on the disc is his requiem Under the arching heavens commissioned by Nils Schweckendiek and the Helsinki Chamber Choir who perform the works on the CD. Also included on the disc is A Wilderness of Sea, another recent choral piece by Freeman. More information is available on BIS's home page.

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Antti Auvinen's bold orchestral language has won attention and acclaim both in Finland and abroad. The new Ondine CD of orchestral music by Antti Auvinen has been met with exceptional enthusiasm. According to the YLE review the music 'hits your guts and rewards the listener with catharsis'. Helsingin Samonat gave it full five stars in its review. The CD includes three orchestral works: Junker Twist, Himmel Punk and Turbo Aria (the scores are now available in our web shop). The Finnish RSO is conducted on the new disc by Hannu Lintu. Sound samples are on Ondine's web site.

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Einojuhani Rautavaara’s chamber opera The House of the Sun (Auringon talo)  is to be staged by the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences during 2021. The conductor will be Mikko Franck and the stage director Ville Saukkonen. This popular opera buffa tells about twin sisters whose family abandoned the splendour of their home and fled to Finland in the wake of the Russian revolution. The family became isolated with tragic consequences, but the old sisters escaped from the sad greyness of their everyday life into the memories of their glorious youth.

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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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Lotta Wennäkoski is one of the four composers in a 4-year international commissioning project initiated by the Danish String Quartet. The project pairs new works by Bent Sørensen, Wennäkoski, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Thomas Adès with Schubert’s chamber music. The pieces have been commissioned by the Danish String Quartet with the support of Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances, UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures, the Vancouver Recital Society, Flagey in Brussels, and Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. Lotta’s commission is scheduled to premiere at Carnegie Hall in April 2022 and in Europe in September 2022.

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Fennica Gehrman has published PDF-editions of 452 choral pieces. Most of the works are from the renowned Chorus series or from the Westerlunds körsamling series. Many pieces have been out of print for a long time. Included are many everlasting favourites such as the Grace Song (Armolaulu) by Kari Tikka. Several songs have texts in Swedish or other languages. The PDF selection is available here in our web shop where you can browse the pieces by choir type and see sample pages.

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The musical fairytale Hiiri (The Mouse, 2013) by Satu Simola is a concert experience for the whole family. It tells the story of a lonely mouse that builds and lives in a monster machine as protection from the world, until a bird of paradise lands on the machine. A choral and orchestral conductor, Simola has conducted her work at several concerts. It is now available in two versions: for narrator and chamber ensemble or chamber orchestra, and in Finnish, Swedish, English and Chinese among others. A study score is soon available for sale.

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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

Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestras/ c. Matthew Kasper

tbd, Phoenix (United States)

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Lappeenrannan kaupunginorkesteri/ c. Erkki Lasonpalo

Lappeenranta-sali, Lappeenranta (Finland)

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Soloist Annastiina Tahkola/Kuopio Symphony Orchestra/ c. Ville Matvejeff

Kuopio Music Centre, Kuopio (Finland)

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Soloist Hedi Viisma/Mikkelin kaupunginorkesteri/ c. James Kahane

Mikaeli Hall, Mikkeli (Finland)

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Joensuu City Orchestra/ c. Eero Lehtimäki

Carelia Hall, Joensuu (Finland)

World premiere

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/ c. Benjamin Northey

Hamer Hall, MELBOURNE, VIC (Australia)

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