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Kalevi Aho wrote the hilarious, virtuosic and compact "Berliner Bagatelle" in winter 2018 at the request of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet as a sort of concert encore. Duration 5 minutes. Buy now

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Beneath for wind quintet (2007) was commissioned by the quintet Arktinen hysteria. The work was premiered in 2007. Buy now

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Helvi Leiviskä (1902-1982) created a broad-based output of orchestral works, solo songs and chamber music. Her style could be described as moderate modernism, deriving influences from multiple sources such as late Romanticism, Symbolism, Expressionism, Existentialism and Neo-Classicism. Leiviskä's output is characterised by philosophical and religious themes, images of nature and narrative structures. Many of her works focus on human existential angst and spiritual searching and growth.

Piano Quartet is considered one of the cornerstones of her chamber music output. It is published for the first time 2022 with an extensive foreword by Susanna Välimäki. Duration 25 min. Buy now

Piano Trio is a powerful, youthful work that impresses with its direct expression, its affective potential and its profound sonority. Duration 19 min. Buy now

Sonata for violin and piano in G minor op. 21 (1945) is a grand, passionate quest narrative. Lasting about 25 minutes, it is as demanding as a virtuoso concerto: most of its texture is like an extended cadenza, with expansive leaps, arpeggios, double stops and extensive use of the high register. Buy now

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The concerto for violin and orchestra was composed in 2005 for Erkki Palola. The inspiration of the "Nonexistent Knight" was found in literature (Calvino, Cervantes), in music (Monteverdi) and in the singing of birds. Solo part & piano reduction Buy now

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A melodic fragment which hints at both folk music and the virtuosic classical violin tradition acts as a sort of structural anchor for Lara Poe's Musings for solo violin (2014). Musings is structured in sections that alternate between more rhythmically free material and rigorously notated material. Duration ca. 5 minutes. Buy now

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The latest addition to Aho's sequel for solo instrument pieces: Solo XVII takes a notice to the special features of the clavichord, which is different from that of a piano or harpsichord. The piece was premiered by Michael Hasel in October 2021. Buy now

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Géza Szilvay's Kreutzerini, here adapted for viola by David Banney, consists of 42 finger exercises for perfect intonation in the first position. Kreutzerini is a supplementary material for the Colourstrings Viola ABC Book B  but it can be used independently as well. Buy now

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The volume G of the popular Colourstrings violin tutors by Géza Szilvay studies every position of the violin in a separate volume. The extensive Book G5 – Sixth and Seventh Position follows the key principles of Colourstrings methodology, but it can be fully utilized also without any previous use or knowledge about the Colourstrings method. The innovative and unique visual presentation of the “house of the positions” and preparatory exercises for the challenging passages help the young and older students to fully understand, why and where the different positions are needed. Buy now

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Suite for Helena (Svit för Helena, 1994) for wind quintet is built on folk tunes from Åland Islands. In five movements, it takes a form from classical models (French suite, fuga, scherzo) and also of "family diary" describing the first steps of a baby boy (David's promenade), the bird sounds at the sea next to the summer cottage. Buy now

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Mien (2014) for alto flute, English horn, clarinet, horn & bassoon is based on rippling, wavering, timbre changing effect of bisbigliando. The good-humoured piece has a swinging jingle, and with the duration of ca. 5 minutes is suitable for many kinds of programming. Buy now

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Päärme (Hem) has a pulsative character, especially in the outer sections, and the idea of steady but erratically colourful stitching prompted the amusing and highly unusual word the composer chose for the title of the piece. The hemming in this trio is cheerfully brisk, though the result is not always even intended to be overneat or regular. Duration 10 minutes. Buy now

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Alex Freeman found initial inspiration for his string quartet (2015) in a series of photographs a geologist friend showed him of en échelon veins in rock formations. This single-movement work is ca. 13 minutes long.
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A Wilderness of Sea draws from four of Shakespeare’s most famous works. This 16-part and 15-minute-long piece emphasizes a common thread among those works that addresses two of the most universal aspects of human existence: water and impermanence. Buy now

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

Pan and the Nymph Pitys (1979) bears the first symptoms of Wessman's later style, the texture being softly dissonant. In an old mythological dictionary the composer found that Pan had had some love affair with an other nymph than famous Syrinx as well, with Pitys (greek pine-tree).

Towards the Night (1978) belongs to Wessman's previous world of tonal entertainment music. It is a melodious ballad, characterized by a short-long rhythm, a lot of seventh and altered chords and a passage, where the guitar takes the leed and plays the melody in tremolo.

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The name of Lara Poe’s solo trumpet work Triton (2019) alludes both the sea god Triton and the shell named after him. The 6-minute-long piece is constructed of two types of material: the combination of a fanfare like trumpet call with a meandering line, and more undulating material. Buy now

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