Matthew Whittall

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Born in Canada, Matthew Whittall found his way to Finland in search of musical freedom and nature. The natural environment is a scarlet thread in his output, which includes a massive collection of piano preludes entitled Leaves of Grass after the poetry collection by Walt Whitman. His artistically oriented doctorate was on the idea of nature in Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. “Accessible without being banal” was the verdict on his musical idiom when in 2013 he received the distinguished Teosto Prize for his work Dulcissima clara sonans, based on the visions of Hildegard of Bingen.


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Works

Title Instrumentation Year Category Duration Available from
A Cradle Song 00:00 Sulasol
ad puram annihilationem meam 2008 9 20:00 Fennica Gehrman
All around... dancing 2007 8 02:00 Music Finland
Amor, el mar, y la noche 2013 9 15:00
Anthem 2007 7 02:30
Anthem II 2009 7 02:30 Music Finland
A Postcard from Buenos Aires 7 10:00
A river to fill the silence 2002 7 25:00
Ash-Wednesday 7 18:00 Music Finland
As One Listens To The Rain 2003 9 00:00 Sulasol
A world only dreamed 2010 7, 9 09:00
being the pine tree 2007 8 13:00 Music Finland
Devil's Gate 2015 7 12:00 Fennica Gehrman
double|entendre 2015 7 07:00 Fennica Gehrman
Downtown Wedding 2005 2 02:00
Du kröner året 2010 9 04:00
Dulcissima, clara, sonans 2011 3, 9 25:00 Fennica Gehrman
Event Horizons 1998 7 22:00
From the edge of mist 1999 8 00:00 Music Finland
Giverny 2013 7 10:00 Fennica Gehrman
Hors d'oeuvre 2011 8 01:00
In the bleak mid-winter 2007 9 00:00 Sulasol
Jabberwocky 2013 9 10:00
Kaksi paimenlaulua (Two Herding Songs) 2012 9 00:00 Sulasol
Leaves of Grass 2005 00:00 Fennica Gehrman
Leaves of Grass, Book I 2005 8 15:00 Fennica Gehrman
Leaves of Grass, Book II 2009 8 16:00 Fennica Gehrman
Leaves of Grass, Book III 2009 8 22:00 Fennica Gehrman
Love is little 2009 9 09:00
Negative space 2011 2 15:00 Fennica Gehrman
Night Passages 1997 9 15:00
Night, sleep, death and the stars 2008 7 19:00 Music Finland
Northlands 2009 3 25:00 Fennica Gehrman
Nothing but the wind 2013 9 10:00
Nuit blanche 3 14:00 Music Finland
Of aspens, hills, and shattered dreams 2001 2 15:00 Music Finland
O night! 2008 9 10:00
Paysages abstraits 2012 8 08:00 Fennica Gehrman
pine tree, dreaming 2008 7 00:00 Music Finland
Points of attraction 2007 7 12:00 Fennica Gehrman
Rain/Fall 2003 8 00:00 Music Finland
(sfinksi) 2008 8, 9 04:00
Shiki (Four seasons) 2006 9 30:00 Fennica Gehrman
Sion, prisa din Gud 2010 9 03:00
Sketches before a storm 2006 7 00:00 Music Finland
Snow, and the scent of fallen leaves (Elegy-fragment) 2012 7 05:00
Solen 2006 2 13:00 Fennica Gehrman
Spindrift 2015 7 10:00
String Quartet no. 1 1999 7 27:00
The Architecture of Happiness 2014 2 20:00 Fennica Gehrman
The heaven that dwells so deep 2010 3 00:00 Fennica Gehrman
The light of day 2012 7 10:00 Music Finland
The night more alive 2004 7 00:00 Music Finland
The Return of Light 2015 2, 9 20:00 Fennica Gehrman
The Short Road to Nirvana 2 00:00 Music Finland
The Snow Watcher 2002 8 07:00
The sobbing of the bells 2011 8 00:00
The wine-dark sea 2008 7 00:00 Music Finland
The wine-dark sea II 2011 8 10:00
The wine-dark sea III 2013 7 12:00
The wine-dark sea IV 2014 7 15:00
The wine-dark sea VI 2014 2 15:00
To break the winter cold 2001 8 13:00 Music Finland
Två Psalmer 2009 00:00 Sulasol
Two Songs 1998 9 05:00
Ume 2013 8 00:00 Music Finland