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    Default Two lieds: Rannalla & Hämärissä

    Here are two lieds set to the poems of Saima Harmaja. They were comissioned by a music school specializing in training singers. It was also published in a lied collection book here in Finland. The first song is called 'Rannalla' (at the beach) and the second one is 'Hämärissä' (at dusk). I'll post translations of the poems here later.

    Performed by Emma Suszko - mezzo & Kristina Annamukhamedova - piano

    Here's Rannalla:

    https://youtu.be/Wh2Buymwu38

    Here's Hämärissä:

    https://youtu.be/TsMQwwhv8XY

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    These are very beautiful! I like Hämärissä the best out of these, I think.

    I would be interested in hearing some of your other works as well.

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    Thanks shirime and sorry for the very late feedback! I was travelling abroad and didn't have time to visit this forum.

    You can find my other works from my youtube-page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9P...ckdAMkkwqAjm-A

    or from my soundcloud-page: https://soundcloud.com/pekka-koivisto

    I've posted many of my works also over here in the forum, feel free to leave me comment on the older threads or over here!

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    Here are the translations:

    Rannalla

    Ihanat vaaleat pilvet
    liukuvat taivaalla.
    Hiljaa ja lumoavasti
    laulaa ulappa.

    Aaltojen hyväilyistä
    hiekka on väsynyt.
    Tulisit aivan hiljaa,
    tulisit juuri nyt –

    17.03.1930

    ON THE SHORE
    The wonderful pale clouds
    cross the sky like wings.
    Quiet and enchanting
    the open water sings.
    The sand has grown weary
    of the waves’ caressing play.
    Now come in perfect quiet,
    now come here, right away…
    17.3.1930

    Translated by David McDuff

    Hämärissä

    Illan herkistyessä
    pilvien värit himmenevät.
    Hennossa pimeydessä
    latvat värisevät

    Kuun yli liukuu kuulaana
    savua kultaista.
    Jumala - palaanko takaisin,
    vai kuolenko lopultakin?

    Saima Harmaja, 17.12.1931

    IN TWILIGHT

    As the tenderness of the night grows
    the colours of the clouds dim.
    In gentle darkness
    the treetops shiver

    Over the moon clearly glides
    a glimpse of smoke that is golden.
    God - Will I return,
    or shall I finally die?

    Translation by me, I'm definitely not a translator but maybe you'll get the idea of the poem.
    Last edited by pkoi; Jul-05-2018 at 01:11.

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    Very good, will you be writhing more? we are eager to hear others

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    Thank you RogerExcellent! I have a couple of lieds in the making, hopefully I will be finished them by the end of the summer. Meanwhile, you can listen to my other vocal music pieces I've posted here before. I will add links to them over here.

    Om Hösten - set to the poem of Edith Södergran

    https://soundcloud.com/pekka-koivisto/om-hosten

    Sairas - set to the poem of Saima Harmaja

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p27eqIKBZDY

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    Very beautiful indeed. I've listened to the 2 pieces in the OP so far and I love them. Are they atonal? If not, they still sound nice and modern to me.

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    Thanks Fredx2098! They are atonal in a sense that there is no tonal center and most of the time the harmony is not based on triads. However, 'Rannalla' has occasionally hints of tonality because of the few triads that appear there.

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    That's precisely my favorite kind of music! I'm listening to some more on your youtube page and it's great.

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    Thanks again Fredx2098! Nice to hear that my music sounds good to you Hopefully I'll have something new to share here around august or september, depending when I finish composing the music and when I can hire professionals to perform them.
    Last edited by pkoi; Jul-06-2018 at 22:53.

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