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Five Aphorisms (1973, originally for piano) combines playful characters with long-lined melodies. Kari Jämbäck’s arrangement for flute and guitar is suitable also for pedagogical use.
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These beautiful variations on the hymn "Eja mitt hjärta" (Swedish variation of a German folk song from 1589) were composed in 1976 and dedicated to Finnish composer and conductor Jack Mattsson. 
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based on the Swedish hymn "Den blomstertid nu kommer"
Probably of folk song origin, this Swedish hymn was first time published in the 1695 Swedish Hymnal. The Finnish version "Jo joutui armas aika" is traditionally sung in the end of the school year. The rhythmic toccata followed by the joyful variations and an uplifting fuga is based on this tune which strongly associates with the beginning of summer.
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Lars Karlsson (b. 1952) has followed his own distinctive route on the Finnish contemporary music scene as a ”romantic modernist”. The song cycle (2010–12) for baritone and chamber orchestra was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2018. The piano reduction was made in collaboration by Patrik Vidjeskog and the composer and is suitable for concert performance as well. The orchestral material is available for hire.
Piano reduction: 55011-559-0, € 29,50 Buy now

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for organ
Sea often inspires Åland-born Lars Karlsson. In this fantasy the Åland folk tune "Vem kan segla" (Who can sail without a wind) is shown in different lights and situations. Rapid sea winds turn into a solemn chorale. 55011-507-1, € 11,20 Buy now

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for SSAA choir
Text: Gustav Fröding (Swedish)
These short songs have a feeling of folk music. Äktenskapsfrågan studies the problems of married life in a humoristic way. Kung Liljekonvalje is a swinging elegy and tells a fairytale of the lilies of the valley deep in the forest. 55011-463-0, € 4,20 Buy now

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for SSAA choir
These two Christmas carols by Lars Karlsson ("Joulupukin odotuslaulu" and "Pienen tytön joululaulu") are in Finnish. Both the choral and song/chords-notation are included in this publication.
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Lars Karlsson

Lars Karlsson (born 24 January 1953) graduated from the Sibelius Academy in both church music, piano and composition. He studied piano under Izumi Tateno and composition under Einar EnglundPaavo Heininen and Einojuhani Rautavaara, and in West Berlin under Witold Szalonek. Karlsson has also taught at the Sibelius Academy since 1976 and has also been a music critic.

Following his own distinctive route on the Finnish contemporary music scene, Karlsson has composed in a traditional, neo-tonal vein. He has also been called a ‘romantic modernist’ – a path that has sometimes been narrow in the intellectually-oriented postserialist framework. 

Karlsson began his career in the 1970s with Five Aphorisms for piano, a work that has remained steadily popular. He has composed two symphonies (1997-99, 2005), a Violin Concerto (1991/93) and a number of chamber works, including Canto drammatico (1981) for solo violin, Arioso for piano trio (1982), Suite for Helena (1994) for wind quintet, and Sonata da Camera (2017) for double bass and piano. He has also written many works for his own instrument, the organ, such as the Toccata, Variations and Fugue on the Chorale “Den blomstertid nu kommer”.

Among Karlsson’s choral works are e.g. his Tre Motetter (Three Motets) for mixed choir, Åländsk symfoni for mixed choir and Body of a Woman for male choir.

His large-scale works include the oratorio Ludus latrunculorum (The Game of Slaves), the opera Rödhamn (Redhaven), set in his native Åland and staged at the Finnish National Opera in 2002, Seven Songs to texts by Pär Lagerkvist (2010-11) and Clarinet Concerto commissioned by the Lapland Symphony Orchestra and premiered in 2016. These two works have been recorded by BIS Records in 2017, and Seven Songs was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize 2018 as a representative for the Åland Islands.

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