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Esa Pietilä's The Wind Wants examines various kinds of wind: "A balmy summer breeze suddenly gives way to an autumn gale that blows with all its might, whips round corners, forms flurries and howls in the treetops", describes the composer. The 16-minute work includes improvisational passages. Buy now

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The title Fata morgana (2019) refers to a special weather condition which creates illusory effect of mirage-like fairy castle-like monuments in the horizon of the sea. The 6-minute piece brings forth the frightening bass sonority on double manual, full size harpsichord and the brightness on the treble and makes a dialogue out of them. Buy now

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The atmosphere of Uirapuru by Esa Pietilä for saxophone and male choir takes you to the Amazonian jungle and the home of the musician wren, also known as the uirapuru.
55011-549-1, € 7,90 Buy now

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for violoncello and marimba
This work was planned to be a playful race of the soloistic qualities of both the cello and the marimba, showing the instruments as equal partners. The work takes the duo through different textual landscapes and dares the instrumentalists to virtuoso playing and improvisation.
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for piano
Three Strides of Light is inspired by the light and its behaviour in different circumstances, appearances and surroundings. The work is in three movements, but they are played together attacca.
55011-456-2, € 19,90 Buy now

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Esa Pietilä


Esa Pietilä
(born on 9 December 1964) is a well-known saxophonist operating with different musical genres in a creative way that recognizes no stylistic borders. As a composer, he has broadened the image of contemporary music with jazz. He has been commissioned to write works for the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Zagros Ensemble, UMO Jazz Orchestra and others, and has also written music for solo instruments, instrumental groups, dance projects and films. Apart from composing and being an active performer he has also given master courses on improvisation and tenor saxophone e.g. in the USA, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.

Pietilä’s compositions include often a mixed combination of instruments and styles incorporating also a saxophone soloist. His aim has been to create new repertoire for the tenor saxophone – his own instrument.  Examples of these are his works Graffiti Play for chamber orchestra and contemporary jazz trio (2012, premiered by Avanti! and the Esa Pietilä trio), and Hunt! for saxophone and percussion quintet premiered by the Osuma Ensemble in 2016. Combining improvisation and composed music has also always been an interest for Pietilä.

The agreement with Fennica Gehrman covers a dozen or so works including also Asterion for 8 players (2014, commissioned by the Zagros Ensemble), Hyperhelium, for chamber sextet and tenor saxophone (2016), Brisk, for cello & marimba, Uirapuru (2017) for male choir and tenor saxophone as well as Pulses, Waves & Dialoques (2017) for tenor saxophone and string orchestra. Among the most recent compositions by Esa Pietilä are Seven in Amazonas for recorder quartet, The Wind Wants for woodwind quintet and Three Strides of Light for piano solo.