A summer of organ music

This summer is going to be CRAZY for local pipe organ freaks here in Uusikaupunki, Finland… The Marcussen organ of the local main Lutheran church has it’s 150th anniversary this year (it’s the oldesr Marcussen organ in Finland!) and many prominent organists are coming here to perform on it throughout the year… Kalevi Kiviniemi, one[…]

Busy weekend

I had quite a busy weekend… On Saturday I was accompanying the tenor Perttu Mathlin in the Turku Baptist Church in Turku, Finland, and on Sunday I played the piano at the local Pentecostal Sunday service here in Uusikaupunki, and later in the evening I accompanied an amateur choir at a Lutheran evening mass in[…]

Crusell Music Festival 2014, oboe competition

Today I was listening to the final round of the international oboe competition that was part of the annual Crusell Music Festival here in Uusikaupunki this year. It was held in the new Lutheran church in the town center and it was also broadcast on the Finnish national radio network YLE. There were four competitors[…]

15 minutes of organ music

Today I was listening organ music in the local “new” Lutheran church (from 1863, the older one is from 1623)… Mr. Henri Sarametsä, an organist for the Lutheran church here, gave us 15 minutes of Buxtehude… Luckily the church has a very nice-sounding Marcussen organ (a Danish organ brand) that will celebrate it’s 150th anniversary[…]

Easter time concerts

This Easter I attended two concerts at the local Lutheran church… The first one was a flute and organ concert. Mr. Tomi Satomaa gave us some very chilling and beautiful organ music (the “Variations on Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen” by Liszt were just magnificent!) and occasionally Mrs. (or Ms.) Anna Satomaa played solo flute on[…]

Chamber music concert

Was at a very nice chamber music concert at the Lutheran church of Lokalahti, Finland… it was given to us by the Turku Arts Academy Cello Ensemble and we got to hear some marvelous music, as you probably can see from the photos below… I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I’d wanted to… for[…]

Hymnal collection from 1702

Got this from the Finnish Literature Society’s webstore… a replica and critical edition of “Yxi Tarpelinen Nuotti-Kirja” (A Necessary Book of Sheet Music), a Finnish hymnal collection published in 1702… Quite an interesting book, there are many very beautiful hymns with very old-fashioned lyrics (the Finnish poetical tradition hadn’t developed yet and the language is[…]

Brass transcription

I transcribed a piece for two trumpets and trombone… a very beautiful German hymn from the 16th century, composed by Burkhard Waldis… This hymn is included in the hymnal book of the Finnish Lutheran Church in a little bit altered form, but I think the original one (which I transcribed here) is more beautiful… waldis.pdf

Yesterday’s “gig”

I attended a meeting in the local Lutheran “church home” (Seurakuntakoti in Finnish) of Pyhämaa, a nice old little “village” 25km north… had a terrible flu, my brain was totally blocked – but still I managed to play one piece (which happened to be Amazing Grace)… The place was really nice, too bad the piano[…]