Listening to Aarre Merikanto

Aarre Merikanto (1893-1958) has a hugely varied body of works, spanning a forty-year-long career. As the son of a successful composer (Oskar Merikanto) and working at the same time as Sibelius in Finland’s culturally conservative atmosphere, he struggled for a long time to find his own compositional voice. He’s often described as Finland’s first modernist,... Continue Reading →

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Listening to Wilhelm Stenhammar

Listening to Wilhelm Stenhammar ‘In this time of Arnold Schoenberg’, wrote Wilhelm Stenhammar in 1911, ‘I dream of an art that is far beyond Arnold Schoenberg: clear, happy, and naïve.’ In the early years of the twentieth century, Stenhammar faced the dilemma of forging a compositional identity for himself in a musical climate increasingly dominated... Continue Reading →

Listening to Ture Rangström

On the 30th November 1944, Sweden celebrated Ture Rangström’s 60th birthday. ‘He has the right to be honoured as one of our greatest composers’, read the pamphlet produced for the day’s celebrations. ‘He has defied all difficulties and continued his work with an unbroken creative force.’  Despite enthusiasm for his music during his lifetime, Rangström’s work... Continue Reading →

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