Looking through the pieces in the book, I was interested to see that many of them are about nature in some form. There are a lot involving summer (kesä) and one awesome one called Under the North Star (Täällä Pohjantähden alla). It seems that Finns thoughts truly are never far from nature, even in their classical music.
We spent our Thanksgiving evening making a few recordings, some of which you can find below. Enjoy, and happy late Thanksgiving!
Kesäpäivä Kangasalla (A Summer's Day in Kangasala), by Gabriel Linsén
Kesäilta (Summer Evening), by Oska Merikanto
Berceuse from Kehtolaulu (Lullaby), by Armas Järnefelt
If you are interested in Finnish music, you should check out Olivia's (the pianist) blog because she is here in Finland studying the influence of folk music on their most famous composer - Jean Sibelius.
|Taking a break from recording in one of the Sibelius Academy's practice rooms|