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Title:Modern Finnish choral music and Joonas Kokkonen's "Requiem"
Author(s):Sandborg, Jeffrey Richard
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Von Gunden, Heidi
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:The purpose of this study is to illuminate a diverse and refreshing body of music literature that is virtually unknown in North America--Finnish choral music. Because the arts reflect the cultures in which they are created, Chapter One will present an overview of Finland's history which is an important source of insight into the Finnish personality. Also, the first chapter will identify some qualities of "Finnishness" that give Finnish arts their distinctive character.
Chapter Two outlines and discusses the Finnish choral tradition. The long-standing national interest in choral singing has provided a broad-based appetite for choral music both by performing groups and their audiences, though not always for the purpose of entertainment and recreation.
Chapter Three focuses on Finnish choral literature of the last thirty years (c. 1960-1990). Towards this end, the "Fazer (music publishing company) Chorus Sarja" (Choral Series) provides a useful way to measure some of the characteristics of this music. A stylistic profile of it can be drawn from a survey of the music of this period's most important choral composers. First among them is Erik Bergman whose contributions to modern Finnish choral music lie not only in his music but in his work as a choral conductor. Finally, Chapter Four examines, in detail, Joonas Kokkonen's Requiem, a recent choral work by Finland's most internationally respected living composer.
Issue Date:1991
Rights Information:Copyright 1991 Sandborg, Jeffrey Richard
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9210976
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9210976

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