Selected Articles from Archives
Järnefelt in a Wagnerian light

Järnefelt in a Wagnerian light

Armas Järnefelt is today principally known for two lovely miniatures: Preludi and Berceuse. Yet he was the composer of several extensive works who introduced a new, Wagnerian voice into Finnish music.
25 years of the FMQ

25 years of the FMQ

It all began when Ellen Urho, then Rector of the Sibelius Academy, hit on the idea of launching a musical counterpart to Form Function Finland and Books from Finland, devoted to design, architecture and literature...
The hidden memory of the nation

The hidden memory of the nation

" All nations have an indigenous construct of 'popular music' which is largely unknown abroad. "
Kalevi Aho: "Music must communicate"

Kalevi Aho: “Music must communicate”

For Aho, composing music is an inevitable way of contemplating existential questions and of taking responsability for what is happening in the world.

Music for life

Finland's music education has succeeded in combining the best features of the old Russian and Hungarian schools with the principles of the Nordic welfare state and democracy. Establishing a good relationship with music has become the basis of the new teaching methods. The audible result - quality - nevertheless continues to occupy a significant role....

Conductor Education in Finland

Between the mid 1970s and the early 1990s Professor Jorma Panula and his students made the Finnish training for conductors both widely known and highly acclaimed. But where did it all begin - and what has happened since?
The String Quartet and a smell of warm buns

The String Quartet and a smell of warm buns

"Although I am not a string player myself, the string quartet is inextricably intertwined with my early musical life. Later on, my own string quartets, which appeared regularly at intervals of exactly 10 years, became milestones in my private and working life."
Finnish rock’s move out to the world

Finnish rock’s move out to the world

Finland can do nothing about its geographical location and its short summers and long winters, but can it still be a fun and exciting country, full of dancing and singing?
Sibelius and Finnish-Karelian folk music

Sibelius and Finnish-Karelian folk music

Sibelius's perception of Kalevala as 'pure music, theme and variations' led him into the discovery of a unique tone system totally different from that of Schoenberg's chromatic tonality.

The national character of Soviet Karelian music

BY Pekka Suutari There has been little research in Finland into Karelian culture on the Russian side of the border during the Soviet era. From the 1920s to the 1950s we get a fragmented picture on the whole of cultural policy in the Soviet Union. Ever the victim of ideological change, Karelian culture was sometimes...
Strange, striking, and sometimes commercial

Strange, striking, and sometimes commercial

The pop-music Finland of 2004 is no longer just “the land of a thousand sad and sorry songs”, as the classic Eppu Normaali quipped some twenty years ago. The former backwoods have become a baking oven for every conceivable subgenre of popular music.
Art music for the accordion

Art music for the accordion

Instead of struggling to defend the accordion, Mika Väyrynen is now raising its status by commissioning compositions.