by Osmo Tapio Räihälä

pour soprano et un quatuor de flûte, clarinette en sib, violon et violoncelle

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Osmo Tapio Räihälä




On a June Saturday in 2011, I happened to wander into the buddhist pagoda in Bois de Vincennes in Paris. Having no religious senses at all, I never get the sprituality of cathedrals, shrines or suchlike - but I admire their architecture, beauty and history.

On an indoor wall of that pagoda, I spotted two poems by zen buddhist philosophers, and their nature immediately awoke my inspiration, they were music in my mind right away.

Instead of just typical piano, I decided to accompany the soprano with a quartet of flute, clarinet, violin and cello, to make the music more colourful. In the end "Zen" is perhaps not a work for soprano and a quartet, but rather a quintet where the singer is just one of the instruments.

The work was finished on October the 17th in 2011.


sopr, fl, cl, vln, vlc


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1. La vie de l'homme 2. Si tu ne trouves pas la vérité

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