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Kolme laulau ikävästä : SATB choir

by Sandra Milliken (2002)

Kolme laulau ikävästä


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Work Overview

Kolme laulua ikävästä is an anthology of three songs, the texts for which were written by Kirsi Reinikka, a talented Finnish artist, photo journalist and writer who, along with her family, now lives in Brisbane. She was my first Finnish language teacher when I began my studies here in Australia. The overall feeling behind all the texts is one of sadness and longing.

In the first, I have played on the alternation of major/minor tonality to give an unstable, questioning sense. In the second, at times the harmonies are stark without the satisfaction of musical resolution. In the third, there are two ideas: the single/unison tone (the becoming of one, melded together by pitch and rhythm but speaking with an individual timbre) and harmony (two separate/independent entities that forever move in either consonance or dissonance as the creator chooses).

Work Details

Year: 2002

Instrumentation: SSAATTBB unaccompanied choir.

Difficulty: Medium

Contents note: 1. Kun hän lähtee -- 2. Sydän hiljenee yöksi -- 3. "Y".

Dedication note: Dedicated to Kirsi and Reijo

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