I think that marches always have something to do with will and energy. It is hard to imagine loosely-structured or unfocused march. Energy and promptness are also the ingredients of Tarmo, although I want to hear some explicitly singing melody there, too.
Tarmo is the Finnish word for vigour. It is also a man's name - and the name of a famous ice-breaker. I wrote the march mostly in November - at the time when Tarmo and other ice-breakers would soon be in strong demand in Helsinki bay in the Gulf of Finland.
© Lotta Wennäkoski, 2000 Instrumentation
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Works for Wind Orchestra Premiere
Fp (recording): The Military Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces (Northern Region), cond. Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Harstad, February 25, 2000 Commisioned by / dedications
Commissioned by the Norwegian Council for Cultural Affairs
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