Maailma ympärilläni käy yhä nopeammalla vaihteella, ja minä

by Leevi Räsänen

for clarinet, soprano saxophone and cello

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Leevi Räsänen

Maailma ympärilläni käy yhä nopeammalla vaihteella, ja minä

Music Finland


You might be wondering what this particular lengthy title in Finnish is all about. In the title, the important word is ’vaihde’ — gear. Or turn, between periods of time? It refers to an individual (=ME!!) feeling as if the world surrounding them was running at increasingly faster gears, whereas the individual... is in a slow place, going at a slow pace. Wondering, observing, still. But it’s ok.

Time and pacing, the experiencing of time through music is something I’ve found an increasing interest in lately. Needless to say, the world around us is getting more and more bizarre every minute. Just to mention a few things: frequent natural disasters, pandemic, capitalist exploitation of people and our planet, toughening political attitudes... whew. As for me, I’ve always found stillness and peace in music and I tend to think about time spent inside music as time outside of the realm of reality.

When I’m sitting in a concert, time seems to stop. There aren’t any phones or notifications, news headlines or crises but instead, I get to go inside my head and my thoughts. This is something that I want to offer to listeners of my music as well. Sometimes the music might be so slow that you get lost and start thinking about the next day’s groceries, whereas sometimes the music will suck you right back in and demand your full attention. Sometimes there is just blooming and blossoming harmony and the joy of sound waves for your ears to enjoy.


cl, ssax, vlc


Chamber Works


AEKI Ensemble: Sara Aratake, Antoine Flores Gracia, Hsin-di Shih, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 2022.

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