The maestro who recomposed his life

The maestro who recomposed his life

"These days Esa-Pekka Salonen is a superstar who spends seven months of each year composing and the rest conducting some of the world’s finest orchestras. He has seen the music scene in Finland change fundamentally since the founding of the FMQ."
30 years of music in Finland

30 years of music in Finland

"It is mind-boggling to think just how much Finland and Finnish music have changed over the past 30 years."
Taking Note 3-4/2014: The path of Orpheus: music, literature and writing about music

Taking Note 3-4/2014: The path of Orpheus: music, literature and writing about music

"Music has the ability to prompt such a profound emotional sensation that words fail to describe it. Yet it also has the ability to prompt in us a desire to write about it – above all, paradoxically, in cases where the music seems the furthest removed from the realm of...
Everyone really is a critic

Everyone really is a critic

"Traditional, academic criticism is giving way to a more collective and democratic form of criticism: we are today perhaps more interested than ever to learn what other people think of their musical experiences and how they choose to express their thoughts."
Guest column: A supermarked named Finland

Guest column: A supermarked named Finland

"Everything would seem to have been simpler 30 years ago when the FMQ was launched. No one had ever even dreamt of an octopus-like internet, and social media was unknown; the printed word was solemn and reliable, and the mainstream media was in a sovereign position to decide what was...
By the metre

By the metre

"The Kalevala, which has since been translated into 61 languages, has harnessed this metre into something particularly Finnish, as well as stifling it into a literary form over the course of time. Every single Finn has sat at school bored stupid while reading a book that was meant to be...
Singing your place in the world

Singing your place in the world

“'Laulu', a new film directed by Selma Vilhunen, portrays the encounter of people, their life stories, joys and sorrows in the heartland of runo singing."
Notes & Letters column: A wonderworld of quarter-tones

Notes & Letters column: A wonderworld of quarter-tones

"In diving into the world of microtones, I tried to make musicality my priority, listening as carefully and acutely as possible, in a natural relationship with other elements of music. A whole new world of harmony unfolded before me!"
Rap's many tongues

Rap’s many tongues

"Rap music has managed to conquer the world by being simultaneously both extremely local and quite universal. People use it to express themselves in a variety of languages and in places ranging from the Bronx to Gaza and Helsinki to Inari."
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Writing about the inexpressible – Editorial 3–4/2014

"In the 30 years since then, music, society and the media have all undergone vast transformation in Finland. The FMQ has kept pace with this, documenting and filling in the background."
The maestro who recomposed his life

The maestro who recomposed his life

"These days Esa-Pekka Salonen is a superstar who spends seven months of each year composing and the rest conducting some of the world’s finest orchestras. He has seen the music scene in Finland change fundamentally since the founding of the FMQ."
30 years of music in Finland

30 years of music in Finland

"It is mind-boggling to think just how much Finland and Finnish music have changed over the past 30 years."
Taking Note 3-4/2014: The path of Orpheus: music, literature and writing about music

Taking Note 3-4/2014: The path of Orpheus: music, literature and writing about music

"Music has the ability to prompt such a profound emotional sensation that words fail to describe it. Yet it also has the ability to prompt in us a desire to write about it – above all, paradoxically, in cases where the music seems the furthest removed from the realm of linguistic expression."
Everyone really is a critic

Everyone really is a critic

"Traditional, academic criticism is giving way to a more collective and democratic form of criticism: we are today perhaps more interested than ever to learn what other people think of their musical experiences and how they choose to express their thoughts."
Guest column: A supermarked named Finland

Guest column: A supermarked named Finland

"Everything would seem to have been simpler 30 years ago when the FMQ was launched. No one had ever even dreamt of an octopus-like internet, and social media was unknown; the printed word was solemn and reliable, and the mainstream media was in a sovereign position to decide what was in the news and what...
By the metre

By the metre

"The Kalevala, which has since been translated into 61 languages, has harnessed this metre into something particularly Finnish, as well as stifling it into a literary form over the course of time. Every single Finn has sat at school bored stupid while reading a book that was meant to be sung. Even so, Kalevalaic runo...
Singing your place in the world

Singing your place in the world

“'Laulu', a new film directed by Selma Vilhunen, portrays the encounter of people, their life stories, joys and sorrows in the heartland of runo singing."
Notes & Letters column: A wonderworld of quarter-tones

Notes & Letters column: A wonderworld of quarter-tones

"In diving into the world of microtones, I tried to make musicality my priority, listening as carefully and acutely as possible, in a natural relationship with other elements of music. A whole new world of harmony unfolded before me!"
Rap's many tongues

Rap’s many tongues

"Rap music has managed to conquer the world by being simultaneously both extremely local and quite universal. People use it to express themselves in a variety of languages and in places ranging from the Bronx to Gaza and Helsinki to Inari."
On a clear pathway

On a clear pathway

"Combining influences like Finnish tango, Balkan music and Finnish pelimanni music isn’t easy, but they get it all to sound like just Sväng music. On their fourth studio record, I feel more pelimanni music presence than in a long time."
Mustonen's multi-mastery

Mustonen’s multi-mastery

"Olli Mustonen made his mark as both pianist and composer in his early teens, showing astonishing maturity in both capacities. But recordings have not kept up with his output promptly enough to allow the outside world to form a clear image of his development as composer: it has been 13 years since a CD of...