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Kaija Saariaho

Publisher: Chester Music

... de la Terre (1991)
commissioned by the Finnish National Opera
Work Notes
part 3 of Maa -- see Dramatic Works
Edition Wilhelm Hansen Helsinki
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
15 Minutes
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Programme Note
Kaija Saariaho ... de la Terre (1991)
FOR FULL INFORMATION ON THE ELECTRONICS, please click here. la Terre (1991) for violin and electronics is the third section of the composer's ballet Maa commisioned by the ballet of the Finnish National Opera and choreographed by Carolyn Carlsson. The title means "earth", "land" or "country". The ballet does not have a narrative, but is built around such thematic archetypes as doors, gates, journeys and the crossing of waters. The score for Maa has seven sections, some of which are purely electronic, and some combining acoustic instruments with electronic treatment. According to the composer la Terre acts as the wellspring for the work's overall musical material. Its emotive and intense monologue serves to stress the nucleic role it plays in the work as a whole.

Score sample

  • Soloist(s)
    Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola, violin; Tuula Riisalo, viola Lea Pekkala, cello; Eva Tigerstedt, flute; Pauliina Ahola, harp Janna Karkainen, harpsichord & synthesizer; Tapio Aaltonen & Juhani Hapuli, percussion; Juhani Liimatainen, electronics
    Tapio Tuomela
  • Soloist(s)
    Bodil Rørbech
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