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This small piece of music suits well to this moment when we tomorrow in Finland celebrate Midsummer eve, the longest day in the whole year: The sun is up 24 hours!

Oskar Merikanto (1868-1924) is a beloved Finnish composer because of his simple national romantic style in songs and smaller compositions.

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Oskar Merikanto (1868-1924) is a beloved Finnish composer because of his simple national romantic style in songs and smaller compositions.

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Kaija Saariaho (1952-) is most famous modern Finnish composer, well know in many countries.

About this composition: Oltra mar, seven preludes for the new Millennium for orchestra and choir (1999)

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Kalevi Aho (1949 - )represents newer Finnish classical music.
Kalevi Aho is a highly productive composer, the main focus of his work consists of large-scale orchestral, chamber and vocal works.The Clarinet Concerto was composed in 2005.

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Erkki Melartin, a Finnish composer´s (1875-1937) works are divided mainly into large-scale works for orchestra, and chamber pieces for much smaller groups and soloists.
Despite working in the same time period as Jean Sibelius he was not influenced by the more famous composer's style, and his work has been largely overshadowed by Finland's most revered composer.

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Emmanuel Tjeknavorian (b. 1995) plays Violin Concerto op. 47 by Sibelius (1905)

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It´s snowing today :)

Snowflakes op. 57/2 by Selim Palmgren (1878-1951, Izumi Tateno piano

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Newer Finnish classical music from composer Einojuhani Rautavaara
Cantus arcticus (1972), a concerto for birds and orchestra

Commissioned by the University of Oulu. Dedicated to Urho Kekkonen, our former president during several periods.
Fp: Oulu Symphony Orchestra, cond. Stephen Portman, Oulu, October 18, 1972

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A little masterpiece of impressionism, composed by Finnish Selim Palmgren

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Selim Palmgren (1878-1951) has been called Chopin of the North.
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