Kaija Saariaho

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Kaija Saariaho is one of Finland’s internationally best known contemporary composers. She gained world fame in the 2000s with her original and immediately recognisable style that has evolved slowly but surely over the years. She focused on tonal colour at an early date. Electronics and new technology have also been part of her musical makeup for quite some time; she found an important base in the Ircam studios in Paris, her city of residence since 1982. Melody took prominence in her work in the early 1990s and rhythm in the early 2000s. “Rich tonal colour, textures and harmonies and balancing between tone and noise are at the very core of her music,” writes Kimmo Korhonen. Instruments and the human voice exist in parallel in her output, the flute and cello being her favourite instruments. Her operas may be regarded as a sort of crowning achievement or synthesis of her output. The first of these, L’amour de loin, was premiered in 2000.


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Title Instrumentation Year Category Duration Available from
Adjö 1985 9 10:00 Music Finland
Adriana Mater 2004 1 02:00:00 Chester Music
Adriana Songs 2006 9 20:00 Chester Music
Aer 1991 7 17:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Aile du Songe 2000 3 18:00 Chester Music
...à la fumée 1990 2 18:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Amers 1992 7 18:00 Chester Music
Ariel's Hail 2000 9 03:00 Chester Music
Asteroid 4179: Toutatis 2005 2 04:00 Chester Music
Aurora 1979 7 03:00
Ballade 2005 8 05:00 Chester Music
Bruden 1977 9 10:00
Caliban's Dream 1995 03:00 Chester Music
Caliban's Dream 1992 9 03:00 Chester Music
Calices 2009 7 10:00 Chester Music
Canvas 1978 8 05:00 Music Finland
Cartolina per Siena 1979 11 03:00
Cendres 1998 7 10:00 Chester Music
Changing Light 2002 9 03:00 Chester Music
Château de l'âme 1995 9 25:00 Chester Music
Ciel d'Hiver 2013 10:00
Ciel étoilé 1999 7 04:00 Chester Music
Cinq reflets de l'Amour de loin 2001 9 30:00 Chester Music
Circle Map 2012 2 26:00
Cloud Music 1997 11 30:45
Cloud Trio 2009 7 15:00 Chester Music
Collisions 1986 11 01:00:00
Couleurs du vent 1998 8 11:00 Chester Music
Dance des flocons I 7, 15 00:00 Henry Lemoine
Danse des flocons II 7, 15 00:00 Henry Lemoine
...de la terre 1991 8 14:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Die Aussicht 1996 9 04:00 Chester Music
Dolce tormento 2004 8 06:00 Chester Music
D'om le vrai sens 2010 3 25:00 Chester Music
Du cristal 1990 2 18:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Duft 2012 8 10:00 Chester Music
Du gick, flög 1982 9 04:00 Fennica Gehrman
Echo 2007 9 10:00 Chester Music
Émilie 1 00:00
Etant donné le bleu 1993 10 03:00
Fall 1991 8 05:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Fanfaari 1990 2 01:00
Ferdinand's Comfort 2004 9 04:00 Chester Music
Figura 2016 00:00
Folia 1995 8 13:00 Chester Music
Forty Heartbeats 1998 2 03:00 Chester Music
Four Leino Songs 9 00:00
From the Grammar of Dreams 2004 00:00 Chester Music
From the Grammar of Dreams 1988 9 10:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Gates 1991 7 11:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Graal théâtre 1994 3 30:00 Chester Music
Graal théâtre (chamber version) 1997 3 30:00 Chester Music
Grammaire des rêves 1988 9 11:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Horloge, tais-toi! 2006 9 04:00 Chester Music
Il pleut 1986 9 02:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Iltarukous 2000 9 03:00 Chester Music
Im Traume 1980 7 10:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Io 1987 7 16:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Jardin secret I 1985 11 10:30
Jardin secret II 1986 8 11:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Je sens un deuxième coeur 2003 7 15:00 Chester Music
Jing 1979 9 07:30 Music Finland
Jingle pour le Centre Georges-Pompidou 1992 00:05
Jingle "Suomi 75 vuotta" 1991 11 00:11
Kesäpäivä 2006 9 00:00
Kollisionen 1984 8 01:00:00
Kolme preludia 1981 9 06:00 Music Finland
Laconisme de l'aile 1982 8 07:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
La Dame à la licorne 1993 12 00:00
L'Amour de loin 2000 1 02:00:00 Chester Music
La Passion de Simone 2005 9 01:15:00 Chester Music
Laterna Magica 2008 2 20:00 Chester Music
Leinolaulut 2007 13:00 Chester Music
Les fantômes du temps 12 00:00
Lichtbogen 1986 7 19:30 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Light and Matter 2014 12:00
Liisan taikahuilu 1998 8 01:00 Music Finland
Lonh 1996 9 18:00 Chester Music
Lumen valosta 2003 9 00:00 Chester Music
Lumière et Pesanteur 2009 2 06:00 Chester Music
Maa 1991 1 01:30:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Maan varjot 2013 3 15:00 Chester Music
Message pour Gérard 2000 9 04:00 Chester Music
Mirage 2007 3 12:00 Chester Music
Miranda's Lament 06:00 Chester Music
Miranda's Lament 1997 9 05:00 Chester Music
Mirrors 1997 7 04:00 Chester Music
Monkey Fingers, Velvet Hand 1991 8 05:00
Neiges 1998 7 15:00 Chester Music
Nej och inte 1979 9 05:00 Music Finland
New Gates 1996 7 13:00 Chester Music
NoaNoa ('Fragrant') 1992 8 00:00 Chester Music
Nocturne 1994 8 06:00 Chester Music
Notes on Light 2006 3 28:00 Chester Music
Nuits, adieux 1991 9 10:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Nuits, adieux 12:00 Chester Music
Nymphea (Jardin secret III) 1987 7 00:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Nymphea Reflection 2001 2 18:00 Chester Music
Oi kuu 06:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Oi kuu 1990 7 06:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Oltra mar 1999 9 15:00 Chester Music
Only the Sound Remains 2015 01:30:00
Orion 2002 2 25:00 Chester Music
Petals 1988 8 09:00 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Piipää 1987 12 01:00:00
Pilvimusiikkia 1997 11 00:00
Prelude 2007 8 07:30 Chester Music
Preludi - Tunnustus - Postludi 1980 9 04:00 Music Finland
Près 1992 8 18:00 Chester Music
Prisma 1999 12, 15 19:00
Prospero's Vision 2002 9 05:00 Chester Music
Quatre instants 2002 9 00:00 Chester Music
Quatre instants (version for orchestra) 2002 2, 9 00:00 Chester Music
Quatre messages 1999 9 00:00 Chester Music
...sah den Vögeln 1981 9 17:00 Music Finland
Sept papillons 2000 8 00:00 Chester Music
Serenatas 2008 7 14:00 Chester Music
Six Japanese Gardens 1993 8 10:00 Chester Music
Skotten i Helsingfors 1983 00:00
Solar 1993 7 18:00 Chester Music
Sombre 2012 9 18:00 Chester Music
Song for Betty 2001 2 04:00 Chester Music
Spins and Spells 1996 8 08:00 Chester Music
Stilleben 1987 11 22:00
Study for Life 1980 9 18:00
Study II for Life 1981 11 12:00
Sua katselen 9 00:00 Chester Music
Suomenkielinen sekakuorokappale 1979 9 08:15 Music Finland
Suuri illusioni 1985 10 01:25:00
Sydän 2006 9 00:00 Chester Music
Tag des Jahrs 2001 9 15:00 Chester Music
Tag des Jahrs 2001 15:00 Chester Music
Terra Memoria 2007 7 00:00 Chester Music
Terrestre 2002 7 10:00 Chester Music
The Bosun's Cheer 2014 04:00
The Tempest Songbook 9 21:00 Chester Music
Three interludes and other music to "Skotten i Helsingfors" 1983 1 30:00
Three Leino Songs 9 06:00 Chester Music
Tocar 2010 7 08:00 Chester Music
Trans 2015 20:00
Trois rivières 1994 7 16:00 Chester Music
Trois rivières Delta 2000 8 15:00 Chester Music
True Fire 2014 25:00
Überzeugung 2001 9 02:00 Chester Music
Unien kieliopista 1 00:00
Valon ihme 1991 10 32:00
Vent nocturne 2006 8 15:00 Chester Music
Verblendungen 1984 2 13:25 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Vers le blanc 1982 11 15:00