Ernest Pingoud

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"Pingoud was an outstanding phenomenon in Finnish music. In the 1920s and 1930s there was scarcely a composer in Finland who did not write a single work on a theme taken from the national epic, the Kalevala, who did not attempt even a suggestion of a folk song arrangement and who, when the need to compose something in more popular vein came over him wrote shimmies and foxtrots under a pseudonym. In his writings he took exception to narrow national strivings. When, in addition to all this, Pingoud had the effrontery to make cautious criticism of Sibelius his idealistic views were not always welcome. He was a cosmopolitan in Finnish music as a result of which he was to some extent held at a distance.

As Manager of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra he was in a delicate position as regards the Finnish works selected for performance, and it was problems such as these which, presumably, ultimately put an end to the plan of Pingoud, Väino Raitio and Aarre Merikanto to hold a joint concert of their works in 1924. After Pingoud’s death, his works for a time fell into more or less complete oblivion, a quite unreasonable state of affairs. For as a composer he deserves to take his lace as an equal member of the Finnish modernist trio of the 1920s, and through his writings he enriched Finnish culture with his burning European and universal visions."

- Erkki Salmenhaara


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Works

Title Instrumentation Year Category Duration Available from
5 Sonetter för kammarorkester 1918 2 00:00 Music Finland
Alt-Wiener Tänze 13 00:00
Åter en överflödig dag 1921 9, 13 00:00
Chantecler 1919 2 08:00 Music Finland
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 Op. 8 1917 3 15:00 Music Finland
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in E flat major Op. 22 1921 3 16:00 Fennica Gehrman
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 Op. 23 1922 3 20:00 Music Finland
Confessions 1916 2 00:30 Music Finland
Cor ardens 1927 2 16:00 Music Finland
Danse macabre (Totentanz) Op. 10 1918 2 15:00 Music Finland
Danses 8 00:00
Den sorgsna våren 8 00:00 Music Finland
Deux Préludes & Finale 1915 00:00 Music Finland
Don Quijote 1918 1 00:00
Ej skummar havet 1921 9 00:00
Flambeaux éteints 1919 2 18:00 Music Finland
Fyra Gripenberg-sånger 1922 9 00:00 Fennica Gehrman
Fyra sånger 1921 9 00:00 Fennica Gehrman
Hymnen an die Nacht 1917 2 17:00 Music Finland
Idole 1919 1 00:00
Ikuinen liekki 1938 00:00 Music Finland
Inventio No. 4 8 00:00 [lost]
Konvallerna 9 00:00 Music Finland
Kootut yksinlaulut 1922 00:00
La derniere aventure de Pierrot 1916 2 10:00 Music Finland
La face d'une grand ville 1937 2 25:30 Fennica Gehrman
La flamme éternelle 1936 2 13:00
Lapuan marssi 1930 2 00:00 Fennica Gehrman
Le chant de l'espace 1938 2 15:00 Music Finland
Le Chevalier sans peur et sans reproche 1918 00:00 Music Finland
Le Fétich 1917 2 16:00 Music Finland
Le Prophete 1921 2 00:00 Music Finland
Le Sacrifice pour Grand Orchestre 1919 2 10:00 Music Finland
Les aveugles 1919 1 00:00
Muunnelmia Suomen Yleisradion väliaikasignaalista 1933 2 00:00 Music Finland
Mysterium pour Grand Orchestre 1919 2 10:00 Music Finland
Narkissos 1930 2 18:00 Music Finland
Ninon 9 00:00 Music Finland
Nocturne (Poème choréographique) 1937 1 23:00
Nordens värn 1940 9 00:00
Nuori Psykhe 1923 3, 9 03:00 Music Finland
Prélude 1915 00:00 Music Finland
Preludi 2 00:00
Prologue 1915 2 06:00 Music Finland
Serenade 9 00:00 Warner/Chappell
Sotamarssi 1930 00:00 Music Finland
Suite enfantine 8 00:00 Music Finland
Symphony No. 1 Op. 18 1920 2 15:00 Music Finland
Symphony No. 2 Op. 20 1921 2 20:00 Music Finland
Symphony No. 3 Op. 27 1925 2 20:00 Music Finland
Tango oriental 8 00:00 Published in the collection Suomalaisia pianosävellyksiä: Finlandia (Fennica Gehrman)
The Trees 1919 00:00
Un chevalier sans peur et sans reproche Op. 12 1918 2 06:00
Våg efter våg 1921 9 00:00
Varpunen 8 00:00 Music Finland