Pehr Henrik Nordgren

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“Music is not an isolated, ‘made’ phenomenon, and thus composing cannot be separated from life, from everything that one sees and experiences and feels. I see composition as a manifestation of a need to express, broader than speech, a mode of communicating with my fellow men.” This quote from Pehr Henrik Nordgren (b. 1944) from 1976 is a suitable manifesto for him as a composer. His music is not an abstract play of notes; it is full of a strong need for expression that seems to well up from the deepest and most tragic abysses of life. Nordgren has used a variety of techniques to convey these feelings — dodecaphony, Ligetian field technique, aleatoric counterpoint, free-tonality, minimalism, and Finnish and Japanese folk music. Sometimes the shifts between elements are deliberately abrupt; at other times, the elements are blended into one another. © Kimmo Korhonen


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Title Instrumentation Year Category Duration Available from
Agnus Dei 1971 9 01:00:00 Music Finland
Akinosuke-no-yume 1977 8 00:00 Publisher: Fennica Gehrman (Miminashi-Hoichi); Zen-On Music Co Ltd (complete)
A Late Pastorale 1979 7 27:00 Music Finland
Alex Op. 56 1983 10 01:30:00 Music Finland
Alttoviulukonsertto 1970 18:30 Music Finland
Amor-desesperada 2003 24:00 Music Finland
As in a Dream 1974 7 10:00 Music Finland
Autumnal Concerto for Japanese traditional instruments and symphony orchestra 1974 3 00:00 Fennica Gehrman
A Viking in Kaustinen -polk 2004 7 02:30 Music Finland
Beaivi ahcazan 1990 9 00:00 Music Finland
Butterflies 1977 8 00:00 Fennica Gehrman
Cello concerto N:o 2 1983 3 30:00 Music Finland
Cello Concerto No 4 1994 3 24:00 Music Finland
Cello Concerto No. 5 2005 3 25:00 Fennica Gehrman
Chamber Symphony 1996 2 20:00 Music Finland
Come da lontano per chitarra solo 2003 8 11:00 Music Finland
Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra 2005 3 24:00 Fennica Gehrman
Concerto for alto-saxophone and strings 1995 3 00:00 Fennica Gehrman
Concerto for Cello and Strings 1980 3 22:00 Fennica Gehrman
Concerto for Clarinet, Folk Instruments and Small Orchestra Op. 14 1970 3 23:00 Music Finland
Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra 2003 3 22:00 Music Finland
Concerto for horn and strings 1996 3 00:00 Music Finland
Concerto for Kantele and Small Orchestra Op. 66 1985 3 15:00 Music Finland
Concerto for Oboe and Strings 2001 3 00:00 Peters
Concerto for Organ and Chamber Orchestra 2007 3 26:00 Fennica Gehrman
Concerto for piano left hand only and chamber orchestra 2004 3 20:00 Music Finland
Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and String Orchestra with Gong 2000 3 20:00 Peters
Concerto for Strings 1982 2 18:00 Fennica Gehrman
Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra 1998 3 21:30 Music Finland
Concerto for Trumpet and Strings 1995 3 00:00 Music Finland
Concerto for Viola, Double Bass and Chamber Orchestra 1993 3 32:00 Fennica Gehrman
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 2 1977 3 27:00 Music Finland
Concerto No. 1 for Viola and Orchestra Op. 12 1970 3 18:00
Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra Op. 10 1969 3 25:00 Music Finland
Concerto No. 2 for Kantele and Orchestra 2000 3 18:00 Music Finland
Concerto No. 2 for Piano, Strings and Percussion 2001 3 23:00 Fennica Gehrman
Concerto No. 2 for Viola and Orchestra 1979 3 00:00 Music Finland
Concerto No. 3 for Cello and String Orchestra 1992 3 26:00 Peters
Concerto No. 3 for viola and chamber orchestra 1986 3 31:00 Music Finland
Concerto No. 3 for Violin and String Orchestra Op. 53 1981 3 18:00 Fennica Gehrman
Concerto No. 4 for Violin and String Orchestra Op. 90 1994 3 28:40 Music Finland
Cronaca 1991 2 00:00 Fennica Gehrman
Dance 02:00 Music Finland
Den svarte munken 1981 1 01:20:00 Music Finland
De sole et luna 2006 9 24:00 Fennica Gehrman
Distance - Dreams 1998 7 08:00 Music Finland
Ei ne kaikki kuollehia 2001 9 00:00 Music Finland
Elegia Vilho Lammelle 1984 2 00:00 Music Finland
Epilogue 1983 7 04:00 Modus Musiikki
Epiphrase 1966 2 00:00 Music Finland
Equilibrium 1995 2 12:00 Peters
Equivocation 1981 7 16:00 Music Finland
Euphonie 1966 2 00:00 Music Finland
Euphonie II 1967 2 20:00 Music Finland
Euphony III 1975 2 00:00 Music Finland
Euphony III 1975 2 00:00
Euphony IV 1981 2 00:00 Music Finland
Fate-Nostalgia 1989 7 15:00 Music Finland
Fluttering 01:40 Music Finland
Fyra sånger till dikter av Edith Södergran för sopran och piano 1982 9 30:00 Music Finland
Going on 1991 7 15:00 Music Finland
Häjyt 1977 00:00 Music Finland
HATE-LOVE 1987 3 00:00 Music Finland
In Patches for accordeon 1978 8 10:00 Finnish Accordion Institute
Jikininki 1977 8 00:00 Publisher: Fennica Gehrman (Miminashi-Hoichi); Zen-On Music Co Ltd (complete)
Jiu-roku-zakura 1977 8 00:00 Publisher: Fennica Gehrman (Miminashi-Hoichi); Zen-On Music Co Ltd (complete)
Jousikvartetto nro 8 1999 7 25:00 Peters
Kesämusiikkia 1977 09:00 Music Finland
Klippgrund 2004 7 13:00 Music Finland
Koko maailma valittanee 1974 2 00:00 Fennica Gehrman
Kolme maanitusta 1970 7 14:00 Music Finland
Kuun lapset 2005 9 24:00 Music Finland
Kuvia maaseudun menneisyydestä 2006 2 16:00 Fennica Gehrman
Kwaidan II 2004 8 00:00 Ongaku No Tomo Sha Copr.
Laulu köyhyydestä 1996 9 12:00 Music Finland
Laulusarja Nils-Aslak Valkeapään runoihin altolle, sellolle ja pianolle 1978 00:00 Music Finland
Lávllaráidu Nils-Aslak Valkeapää divttai'e 1978 9 18:00 Music Finland
Maan alistaminen 1973 9 05:00 Fennica Gehrman
Miminashi-Hoichi 1972 8 00:00 Publisher: Fennica Gehrman (Miminashi-Hoichi); Zen-On Music Co Ltd (complete)
Minore 1968 2 09:00 Music Finland
Mugen-kane 1976 8 14:00 Publisher: Fennica Gehrman (Miminashi-Hoichi); Zen-On Music Co Ltd (complete)
Mujina 1976 8 00:00 Publisher: Fennica Gehrman (Miminashi-Hoichi); Zen-On Music Co Ltd (complete)
Music for the TV-play "Häjyt" 1977 10 30:00
Music for the TV-play "Jumala on kauneus" 1984 10 40:00
Nacht der Nächte 2001 9 00:00 Music Finland
Neljä kuolemankuvaa 1968 2 17:00 Music Finland
Odotus 1991 9 00:00 Sulasol
Oshidori 1976 8 00:00 Zen-On Music Co
O-tei 1976 8 07:00 Publisher: Fennica Gehrman (Miminashi-Hoichi); Zen-On Music Co Ltd (complete)
Pelimannimuotokuvia 1976 2 00:00 Fennica Gehrman
Perpetuum mobile 1989 9 04:00 Muntra Musikanter
Phantasme for alto-saxophone and orchestra 1992 3 00:00 Peters
Piano Concerto 1975 3 29:00 Music Finland
Piano Quintet 1978 7 16:00 Music Finland
Piano trio 1980 7 00:00 Music Finland
Pieni mollipolska 1997 7 00:00 Music Finland
Programme Music 1990 7 15:00 Music Finland
Quartet 1974 22:00 Music Finland
Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano 2003 7 13:00 Music Finland
Quartet No. 1 for Traditional Japanese Instruments Op. 19 1974 7 20:00
Quartet No. 2 for Traditional Japanese Instruments Op. 42 1978 7 17:00
Quartetto II 1968 15:00 Music Finland
Quintet for guitar and string quartet 2003 7 20:00 Music Finland
Ritornello 1970 7 07:00 Music Finland
Rock Score 1997 2 15:00 Fennica Gehrman
Rokuro-kubi 1976 8 00:00 Publisher: Fennica Gehrman (Miminashi-Hoichi); Zen-On Music Co Ltd (complete)
Sångcykel till dikter av Edith Södergran 2003 9 20:00 Music Finland
Sculpture-Fanfare 1992 7 03:00
Seita 1978 17:00 Music Finland
Seven poems from the collection Ogura Hyaku-nin-isshiu Op. 137 2006 9 00:00
Solemnity-Euphony 2002 2 13:00 Music Finland
Sonata 1992 8 18:00 Fennica Gehrman
Sonata 1999 8 00:00 Peters
Sonata 1992 7 00:00 Music Finland
Sonatina 1969 7 00:00 Music Finland
Spellbound Tones 2005 7 17:30 Music Finland
Streams 1991 2 00:00 Music Finland
String Quartet No. 10 2007 7 27:00 Fennica Gehrman
String Quartet No. 11 2008 7 19:15 Fennica Gehrman
String Quartet No. 1 Op. 2 1967 7 00:00 Music Finland
String Quartet No. 2 1968 7 15:00
String Quartet No. 3 1976 7 15:00 Music Finland
String Quartet No. 4 Op. 60 1983 7 00:00 Music Finland
String Quartet No. 5 1986 7 30:00 Music Finland
String Quartet no.6 1989 7 00:00 Music Finland
String Quartet No 7 1992 7 00:00 Music Finland
String Quartet No. 9 2004 7 00:00
String Quintet 2000 7 20:30 Music Finland
Summer Music 1977 2 12:00
Symphony for strings 1978 2 17:00 Fennica Gehrman
Symphony IV 1997 23:30 Peters
Symphony No. 1 1974 2 29:00 Music Finland
Symphony No 2 1989 2 27:00 Peters
Symphony No 3 1993 2 00:00 Fennica Gehrman
Symphony No. 4 1997 2 23:30 Edition Peters
Symphony No. 5 Op. 103 1998 2 33:00 Music Finland
Symphony No. 6 2000 9 00:00 Music Finland
Symphony No. 7 Op. 124 2003 2 27:30 Music Finland
Symphony No. 8 2006 2 00:00 Fennica Gehrman
Taivaanvalot 1984 9 48:00 Music Finland
Te Deum 2000 9 30:00 Music Finland
Ten Piano Ballades 1972 00:00 Zen-On Music Co
The Good Samaritan 2007 7 00:00 Fennica Gehrman
The Turning Point 1972 2 13:00 Fennica Gehrman
TRANSE-CHORAL 1985 2 00:00 Fennica Gehrman
Tuolla mun heilani asuskeloo 1977 2 05:00
Tuulimyllyfantasia 2001 7 11:00 Music Finland
Tuuri 2002 9 50:00 Music Finland
Väinämöisen rukous 1984 9 02:00 Fennica Gehrman
Wind Quintet No. 2 1975 7 00:00 Music Finland
Yamagata Rhapsody 1997 2 27:00 Music Finland
Yuki-onna 1976 8 00:00 Publisher: Fennica Gehrman (Miminashi-Hoichi); Zen-On Music Co Ltd (complete)
Zest 1999 7 00:00 Music Finland