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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1967 Marcussen/Helsinki Cathedral]
1967 Marcussen at Helsinki Cathedral.

More Finnished Business

…in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence (December 6, 1917), we highlight Finnish composers and performers.

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA: Wedding March (1984) –Jan Lehtola (1930 Kangasala-2005 Virtanen/St. Paul’s Church, Helsinki) Alba 265

JAAKKO LINJAMA: Wedding March (1947) –Jan Lehtola (1940 Kangsala/Taulumäki Church, Jyväskylä) Fuga 9319

ERKKI MELARTIN: Festive PreludeFolke Forsman (1980 Virtanen/Turku Cathedral) Finlandia 700

OSKAR MERIKANTO: Concert Fantasia –Jan Lehtola (1916 Walcker/Martinikerk, Doesburg, Netherlands) Ondine 973

VELI KUJALA: Vision, fr TriptychosSusanne Kujala (1967 Marcussen/Helsinki Cathedral) Fuga 9265

JEAN SIBELIUS: Intrada & Funeral Music, Op. 111a/b –Eero Annala (1993 Paschen/Kereva Church) Jubal 11

AULIS SALLINEN: Preludes & Fugues, Op. 95b (2012) –Kalevi Kiviniemi (2003 Heintz/Hämeenlinna Church) Fuga 9390

Hour 2

KALEVI AHO: Song of the Earth (2002) –Kaija Saarikettu, violin; Anna-Kaisa Pippuri, oboe; Jan Lehtola (1930 Kangasala-2005 Virtanen/St. Paul’s Church, Helsinki) BIS 1966

VELI KUJALA: Um, fr CybOrgan (2012)–Uusinta Ensemble & Tampere; Veli Kujala, live electronics; Susanne Kujala (1982 Kangasala/Leppävaara Church) Alba 393

JOUKO LINJAMA: Interlude & Postludium, fr Concerto for Organ, Marimba, Vibraphone & Winds, Op. 50a (1981) –Lahti Chamber Ensemble; Jan Lehtonen (1993 Paschen/Keravara Church) Fuga 9227

JEAN SIBELIUS: 4 Songs (The Diamond on the March Snow, Op. 36, no. 6; Serenade; Hymn to Thais; The Song of the Spider, Op. 27, no. 4) –Jorma Hynninen, baritone; Laura Hynninen, harp; Kalevi Kiviniemi (Leppävirta Church) Fuga 9264

JEAN SIBELIUS: Valse triste, Op. 44 –Kalevi Kiviniemi (1998 Mauch/St. Matthew’s Church, Stuttgart) Fuga 9207

JEAN SIBELIUS: Finlandia, Op. 26 –Kalevi Kiviniemi (1938 Kangasala/1988 Porthan/Lapua Cathedral) ArtInn 102


An informative article on the history of organ music in Finland is available from the Sibelius Academy. The Finnish Contemporary Classical Music Scene has its own website. And there is a Finland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists!

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