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Erkki Salmenhaara (b. Helsinki, Finland, March 12, 1941; d. Helsinki, March 19, 2002) was a Finnish composer and musicologist. Province Southern Finland Region Uusimaa District Helsinki City manager Jussi Pajunen Official languages Finnish, Swedish Area  - total  - land ranked 342nd 185. ... March 12 is the 71st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (72nd in Leap years). ... 1941 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... March 19 is the 78th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (79th in leap years). ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Salmenhaara studied composition with Joonas Kokkonen at the Sibelius Academy, and with György Ligeti in Vienna, and received his doctorate in musicology from the University of Helsinki]] in 1970. He served as lecturer (1966-75) and associate professor (1975-2002) of musicology at the University of Helsinki and was also the leading writer on classical music in Finland. In addition, he served as chairman of the Society of Finnish Composers (1974–76) and of the Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras (1974–78). Joonas Kokkonen (November 21, 1921 – October 1 or 2, 1996) was a Finnish composer. ... The Sibelius Academy in downtown Helsinki. ... György Sándor Ligeti (born May 28, 1923) is a Hungarian composer (now living in, and a citizen of, Austria), widely seen as one of the great composers of instrumental music of the 20th century. ... 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The University of Helsinki is a university located in Helsinki, Finland. ...

Salmenhaara's published writings include textbooks on music theory, a history of 20th century music, monographs on Ligeti, Jean Sibelius's Tapiola and the Brahms symphonies, biographies of Jean Sibelius and Leevi Madetoja, and a history of the Society of Finnish Composers. His most ambitious publication was his contribution on the period from the Romantic era to the Second World War to the four-volume history of Finnish music, published in 1995 and 1996. In addition, he served a critic for the leading Finnish daily, Helsingin Sanomat, from 1963 to 1973. A bust of Jean Sibelius at the Sibelius-monumentti in Helsinki. ... Leevi Madetoja (February 17, 1887 - October 6, 1947) was a Finnish composer. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...

Beginning in the 1970s, Salmenhaara's works began to be characterized by frequent repetition of triadic motives with gradual changes in harmony. Although this led to his being linked to the movement in music known as minimalism, Salmenhaara nonetheless denied this connection. Like the works of the Dutch minimalist composer Simeon ten Holt, Salmenhaara's works from this period utilize a musical language closely related to that of the Romantic period of classical music, giving his music a decidedly European aesthetic. Minimalist music is a genre of post-1960s classical music and experimental music which displays some or all of the following features: emphasis on consonant harmony, if not functional tonality; reiteration of musical phrases, with subtle, gradual, and/or infrequent variation over long periods of time, possibly limited to simple... Simeon ten Holt (b. ... Romantic music is defined as the period of European classical music that runs roughly from the early 1800s to the first decade of the 20th century, as well as music written according to the norms and styles of that period. ...


Erkki Salmenhaara page at Finnish Music Information Centre site

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Erkki Salmenhaara (12/03/1941 – 19/03/2002), a Finnish composer.
Salmenhaara died at the age of 61 in Helsinki on Tuesday 19 March, 2002.
Erkki Salmenhaara, always a composer of extremes, for a time the most radical Modernist, then a master of ceremonies at 'nursery concerts', sao too in his new style he went to extremes, progressing beyond free-tonality to a sort of neo-tonality or neo-simplicity that is something quite different from 'traditionalism' or a 'return to the past'.
Guardian Unlimited | Obituaries | Erkki Salmenhaara (560 words)
But by the early 1970s, Salmenhaara was ploughing a very different furrow, earning a degree of opprobrium for his move to a far less complex and determinedly non-dissonant style.
Salmenhaara had been lecturing there from 1966, becoming associate professor nine years later.
Of Salmenhaara's five symphonies, the Fourth (1972) bears the subtitle Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita ("Midway upon the journey of our life"), after Dante's Divine Comedy, while the Fifth is a choral-and-orchestral setting - marking the 350th anniversary of Helsinki University in 1989 - of Aleksis Kivi's allegorical-philosophical Isle Of Bliss.
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