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Einojuhani Rautavaara

Einojuhani Rautavaara


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General Info

Year: 1962
Duration: c. 15:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Fennica Gehrman, distributed by Music Finland
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Movements

1. Allegro molto – 5:10
2. Largo – 5:55
3. Prestissimo – 4:00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F I-II
Trombone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Written in 1962, some years before Soldier’s Mass, one of his well-known works for winds, the octet has a rather unusual instrumentation, calling for four woodwinds as well as four brass instruments, which means flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon plus two horns, one trumpet and one trombone (1111/2110).

Faithful to his compositional style, Rautavaara likes first to choose the instrumentation of a piece, where the music can only then “grow organically” as a concept.

Rautavaara writes in the program notes on his orchestral piece Autumn Gardens, “I have often compared composing to gardening. In both processes, one observes and controls organic growth rather than constructing or assembling existing components and elements. I would also like to think that my compositions are rather like ‘English gardens’, freely growing and organic, as opposed to those that are pruned to geometric precision and severity.”

- Program Note from WASBE


Commercial Discography


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (Emily Threinen, conductor) – 20 October 2017


Works for Winds by This Composer


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