Yearly archive 1985
Thomas - Analysis of the tone material

Thomas – Analysis of the tone material

In this article Einojuhani Rautavaara describes the background to his opera Thomas, and explains certain technical aspects of the opera's musical structure.
Kaija Saariaho: "At the moment the computer and I belong together”

Kaija Saariaho: “At the moment the computer and I belong together”

It is often claimed that computer music is so technical and 'cold' that it has nothing whatsoever to do with live music-making. Kaija Saariaho is a composer using a computer to create music for musicians and sound tape so that man and machine are mutually supporting yet contrasting elements.
Uuno Klami and the Kalevala

Uuno Klami and the Kalevala

Musicologist and composer Erkki Salmenhaara provides an introduction to the work of the Franco-Russo-Karelian cosmopolitan who was Uuno Klami.
Towards a less rigid notion of tradition

Towards a less rigid notion of tradition

“One of the greatest problems confronting Finnish culture is the relative absence of critical attitudes with any measure of influence,” says the composer Olli Kortekangas in his article from FMQ 1-2/1985.
The Kalevala in Finnish music

The Kalevala in Finnish music

Elias Lönnrot's Kalevala was part of a return to mythology, a desire to discover the roots of the nation's culture and history that prevailed in all the peripheral regions of Europe. In Finland the publication of the Kalevala in 1835 marked a decisive impetus towards the search for all that was inherently Finnish in practically...
Rune-singing, the musical vernacular

Rune-singing, the musical vernacular

Runes were sung by people of all ages: children and adults, old and young, men and women. They were sung on all sorts of occasions: on working days and holidays, at play and at work, as young people got together and at dances. There were also many different ways of singing them: solo, with two...