Yearly archive 1989
”Do not dance to the screeching insidious accordions, burn them”

”Do not dance to the screeching insidious accordions, burn them”

”The accordion is the arch enemy of folk music. It kills any musical tendencies the nation may have, ravages the ear and drags down musical taste. Do not dance to the screeching, insidious accordions. Burn them.” In such colourful terms was one of Finland's most popular instruments once described.

Pingoud – the cosmopolitan in Finnish music

Ernest Pingoud was an exceptional figure in Finnish music. During the 1920s and 1930s there can have been no other composers in the country whose works did not include a single solitary Kalevala-inspired composition, who had not drafted even one tentative folk song arrangement, and who when he felt the need for a drop of...