Under the Apple Tree

by Tomi Räisänen

for bassoon quartet

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Tomi Räisänen

Under the Apple Tree



The title of this work is a metaphor that relates the composer’s compositional technique, knowledge and skills to the fruit of an apple tree. This tree must be cared for and nurtured before it can bear delicious apples. Comparison between fruit and compositions also brings us back to the double meaning of fruit. As Mozart wrote on the front page of his six Haydn string quartets, “il frutto di una longa e laboriosa fatica” (the fruits of a long and laborious work), we remember that fruit, here, represents the products and results or even the rewards that await us after we have planted the seeds of hard work. In Under the Apple Tree, each movement has a title after a particular breed of apples. Each sort of apple has its unique features, which, in this case, have been transformed into musical parameters. One of the compositional techniques used was the association of specific intervals to each movement. In every section, two main intervals are applied in various ways to shape the music. TR, 2001/2023




Chamber Works


First performance on November 28, 2021, in Helsinki, Finland by Mikko-Pekka Svala, Vladislav Dmitriev, Pekko Aakko and Topias Kiiskinen


I. Miron, II. Valkea kuulas, III. Nalif, IV. Jaspi, V. Oranie

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