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Einojuhani Rautavaara


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Einojuhani Rautavaara (born October 9, 1928) is probably the best-known Finnish composer of his generation. Rautavaara is a prolific composer and has written in a variety of forms and styles. Much of his work is quite accessible and has proved to be quite popular.

His compositions include eight symphonies, several concertos, choral works (several for unaccompanied choir, including Vigilia (1971-72)), sonatas for various instruments, string quartets and other chamber music, and a number of operas including Vincent (1986-87 , based on the life of Vincent Van Gogh), Aleksis Kivi (1995-96) and Rasputin (2001-2003) A number of his works have parts for magnetic tape, including Cantus Arcticus (1972, also known as Concerto for Birds & Orchestra) for taped bird song and orchestra, and True and False Unicorn (1971, second version 1974, revised 2001-02), the final version of which is for three reciters, choir, orchestra and tape. His latest works include Book of Visions (2003-2005) for orchestra and Manhattan Trilogy (2003-2005) for string orchestra. Rautavaara had a serious seizure at the beginning of the year 2004 but has later on recovered.

Many of Rautavaara’s works have been recorded, with a performance of his seventh symphony, Angel of Light (1995), by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leif Segerstam on the Ondine label, being a particular critical and popular success - it was nominated for several awards, including a Grammy.


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  • didigodot

    ave maria gratia plena... <3

    19 May 4:24am Reply
  • Sancti_Basilius

    Нет, дура, сериализму. Всё правильно.

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Tarjever

    "В начале творческой деятельности отдал дань сериализму" Сюрреализму, не? ))

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Skygazer1

    Completely beautiful and dreamy: 'Piano concerto No. 3 `Gift of Dreams' - Ashkenazy'

    27 Dec 2012 Reply
  • prince-paradox

    The Myth of Sampo has its moments. Especially when the male chorus is piling on the tone clusters. [2]

    20 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Straybow

    Currently listening to his choral works and operas. <3 Suomi ^^

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • Drakemirow

    okay. 'Cantus Arcticus' is just astonishing. I certainly have to check out more of him.

    18 Apr 2012 Reply
  • boorinka

    His concerto for harp is pretty fantastic. (2)

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • mahleria

    The Myth of Sampo has its moments. Especially when the male chorus is piling on the tone clusters.

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
  • nysynecdoche

    His symphonies are kinda disappointing, I alway felt that were a bit underwhelming, not very consistent at all, but I find myself enjoying a lot his concertos.

    26 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Estrangement

    His concerto for harp is pretty fantastic.

    16 Aug 2011 Reply
  • emaskye

    enijhvsdki radasladabingbong

    11 Jan 2011 Reply
  • barryvs

    Epitaph for Bela Bartok is a great piece.

    16 Oct 2010 Reply
  • way-too-serious

    "Works For Piano" rocks my World FOREVER!!!

    19 Jul 2010 Reply
  • jcharney

    Eighth Symphony rocks my world.

    24 May 2010 Reply
  • gouldgirl

    ...which should make his opinon all the more valid.

    15 Apr 2010 Reply

    ...says a man who has Haydn as his top artist.

    5 Apr 2010 Reply
  • KraeheK

    I wish his music was better, but hey, at least he tried.

    20 Mar 2010 Reply
  • pornogothic

    his piano concertos have the complexity I am unable to describe.

    29 Nov 2009 Reply

    Ah, mosesxan, Vigilia highly recommended (if you haven't already listened). One of his bests!

    4 Nov 2009 Reply
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