The Seasons of Love

by Outi Tarkiainen

for clarinet and string orchestra

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Outi Tarkiainen

The Seasons of Love

Edition Wilhelm Hansen


A life-long intimate relationship is increasingly rare these days. Young
love is solemnly sanctified, but if not before, many marriages stumble
beneath the weight of the hectic family years. Those who survive the
storms of early autumn have to regroup as the children fly the nest. The
finiteness of life begins to dawn on people in the depths of winter. The Seasons of Love
celebrates the power of love that changes with life’s seasons. I have
dedicated it to the love of my life, Lauri Sallinen, my husband and the
father of my children. The Seasons of Love is at the same time a
sort of portrait of him – at different stages in life, in the past and
the future – as a clarinettist and person; just as he is, as I love him.
There are also some echoes in the Quintet of my Polar Pearls concerto for chamber orchestra. The version for string orchestra was commissioned by the Kymi Sinfonietta.


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Works for Soloist(s) and Orchestra


1. Young Love (Spring-winter), 2. Sacrament (Spring-summer), 3. Fruit (Autumn-summer), 4. New Dimensions (Autumn-winter), 5. Epilogue

Commisioned by / dedications

Commissioned by the Kymi Sinfonietta

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