Einojuhani Rautavaara

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Einojuhani Rautavaara was one of Finland’s internationally most successful composers. He made his major breakthrough with the Seventh Symphony, Angel of Light, in the 1990s, but his output includes numerous classic operas, concertos, chamber music works and choral works. Over his extensive career, he progressed from Neo-Classicism to strict dodecaphony to free-tonal Neo-Romanticism. His recent work, according to Kimmo Korhonen, is “almost a textbook case of Post-Modernism”, and his catalogue of influences over the decades includes Orthodox liturgical music and Finnish fiddlers. Rautavaara often talked about music on a mystical-cum-romantic level, “a midwife rather than someone giving birth”, as Korhonen puts it.



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