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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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The title of Sonata da chiesa I for piano alludes to the sonata tradition of the Baroque at its weightiest and most solemn. The polyphonic church sonata with its strict adherence to form for a long time occupied an important role in the liturgy (as distinct from the sonata da camera). Duration 14 minutes. Buy now

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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.
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Jyrki Linjama’s (b. 1962) poetic music finds its counterpart in the poems of a Finnish modernist Eeva-Liisa Manner (1921–1995). The 23-minute song cycle ”himmeä, kirkas, himmeä…” was commissioned and premiered by baritone Aarne Pelkonen and pianist Juho Alakärppä.
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This "church sonata" has three movements, each of which has a definite liturgical character. The cantus firmus of all of the movements are based on ancient choral melodies. Hence the music can be performed either in a concert or as a part of liturgy.
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for violin and piano
Nocturnes & scherzos based on a Finnish folk song. Suitable tor teaching purposes as the technical and esthetical solutions in the music open paths towards more difficult pieces of composers such as Schumann, Prokofiev, Bartok and Mendelssohn.
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pas de deux
Finnish RSO, cond. Sakari Oramo
(YLE/Elävä arkisto)

Sonata da chiesa
Eero Heinonen, piano

Sonata da chiesa
Miikkael Halonen, piano

Sonata da chiesa III
Petteri Pitko, cembalo
(livetaltiointi kantaesityksestä Kemiönsaaren Musiikkijuhlilla Hiittisten kirkossa 7/2016, äänittäjä: Robi de Godzinsky)

Kolme luonnosta (Three Sketches)
Tomi Satomaa, organ

Jyrki Linjama

Jyrki Linjama (born 23 April 1962) studied composition at the Sibelius Academy with Einojuhani Rautavaara and Paavo Heininen obtaining an artistic doctorate in 2003. He also studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, where his teacher was Witold Szalonek, and took private lessons in Budapest with Zsolt Durkó. Jyrki Linjama has taught at the Helsinki Conservatory and the Sibelius Academy, and lectured in musicology at the University of Turku in 1993-2008. He has also written about music and been active in several organizations, e.g. as Chairman of the association for Finnish composers of church music and on the board of the Madetoja Foundation, for example. He has also taught in educational projects, such as workshops in schools.

His opus list has grown as a result of commissions and consists equally of sacred and more profane music. Having recently resigned from his position at the University of Turku, Linjama is now a freelance composer. Church music has gradually become more and more dominant in his work. Linjama has composed a wealth of chamber, vocal and instrumental works including several pieces for organ. His large-scale works include three concertos for violin, his main instrument, the Liturgical Concerto for Organ and Strings (2005) and pas de deux commissioned by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1994. He has also composed Suomalainen Stabat Mater (Finnish Stabat Mater, 2012) and Vanitas for mixed chorus and orchestra (2013). Linjama's operas include the church opera Das Geburt des Täufers which was premiered in Austria in 2010 when Linjama was the Composer-in-Residence at the Carinthischer Sommer music festival. His most recent opera is Kolme kirjettä Laestadiukselle (Three Letters to Laestadius) premiered in 2017.

When describing his music Linjama mentions its general sensitivity and obvious mimosa-like quality. He feels it is important to defend the right to intimacy, to richness of nuance and protection amid today’s increasingly widespread obscenity. On the other hand, he points out that the core of musical culture is a fruitful tension between counterforces: sensitivity and aggressiveness.


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