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date: 18 August 2019

Suilamo, Harrilocked

  • Ilkka Oramo

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(b Salo, March 22, 1954). Finnish composer. He studied musicology at the University of Turku (MA 1982) and from 1982 to 1987 he studied composition with Heininen at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He is a composer of short pieces for one or a few instruments in a condensed post-serial style. In some works there is an extraordinary integration of the instrument and the player; this can be seen in YELL (1987) for bass clarinet, in which clapping the instrument, whispering into it, inhaling through it, multiphonics and circular breathing are examples of the expressive means of the ‘man-instrument’; the moods of the piece vary from aggressive eruptions to meditative lyricism. His chamber music for diverse instrumental ensembles feasts upon a kaleidoscopic variety of colour within a carefully balanced dramaturgy that never exceeds the tolerance of the material, the average duration of his pieces being less than seven minutes. The form of his works evolves in one of two ways: from minute details toward larger units, or from filtering a figure from a shapeless body of matter. In the orchestral piece ...

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