Latest publications & news

This publication includes two pieces by Harri Wessman for flute & guitar:

Pan and the Nymph Pitys (1979) bears the first symptoms of Wessman's...

Read more

The work for solo violin (1994) opens with Bach-like Vivace followed by a singing Larghetto. The final Allegro has an energetic character which on...

Read more

Composed for the chamber music camp at Finns (Espoo, Finland) – where Harri Wessman was the composer-in-residence for many years – this frisky,...

Read more

Capriccio (1989) puts the idea of caprice into practice in various ways. The 10-minute-long work in three movements is scored for the same...

Read more

A work commissioned by a Finnish publishing company Yhtyneet Kuvalehdet for the inauguration of their new office building in 1987. The 10 minutes...

Read more

Vesi väsyy lumen alle (Water under Snow Is Weary)
Tapiola Choir, cond. Erkki Pohjola

Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
Nordic Chamber Orchestra, cond. Christian Lindberg, sol. Ole Edvard Antonsen
(BIS-CD 1548)

Piano Prelude No. 6
Jason Hu, piano

Anna Variations
Frida Backman-Clark, violin, Gustav Nyström, piano

Trio for Clarinet, Piano & Cello
Mikko Raasakka, clarinet, Antti Vahtola, piano, Olli Varonen, cello



Harri Wessman

Harri Wessman
(born 29 March 1949) studied musicology and languages at the Helsinki University and composing at the Sibelius-Academy under Joonas Kokkonen. Apart from composing he has also taught music theory and has been a music editor and a critic.

Wessman is interested in all aspects of music that may be expressive, without in any way ignoring the possibilities of melody. He himself describes his harmonic method as a kind of contrapuntally treated jazz harmony. Wessman is particularly preoccupied with the ability of music to express emotions, an interest which has led him to study the so-called doctrine of the affections and the musical rhetoric of the baroque era. His Eine kleine Figurenlehre for wind quartet and piano is a playful application of a set of baroque musical figures.

His output is dominated by chamber and vocal music as well as a number of concertos for various instruments such as the Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra and the Serenade for Piano and String Orchestra. During recent years pedagogic music has become a more and more central area in his output with an emphasis on creating repertoire for budding musicians, from beginners to young professionals. He has even tailored some solo and chamber works for young musicians that he personally knows: e.g. Five Trombone Pieces for Minna Kajander (1992), Five Horn Pieces for Jenni Kuronen (1993) and Five Piano Etudes for Tiina Karakorpi.

Read more about Harri Wessman

Browse the publications in our web shop at Kirjavalitys.