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Kaija Saariaho

Publisher: Chester Music

Oi Kuu (1990)
Edition Wilhelm Hansen Helsinki
Small Ensemble (2-6 players)
Year Composed
6 Minutes
Alternate Orchestration
bass flute and cello
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Programme Note
Kaija Saariaho Oi Kuu (1990)
OI KUU (1990), freely translated "for a moon", marks a small break between two large orchestral works, DU CRISTAL and ..À LA FUMÉE. It consists of elements which came to my mind when searching for a common denominator for bass clarinet and cello; harmony based on multiphonies of the clarinet; the multiphonies and colour transformations of the cello; similar and different articulations; different colours in the same register.

OI KUU was written at the request of Kari Kriikku and Anssi Karkttunen and is dedicated to them.

© Kaija Saariaho

  • Soloist(s)
    Alexis Descharmes, cello; Jérémie Fèvre, flute; Nicolas Baldeyrou, Bass Clarinete
  • Ensemble
    Da Camera of Houston
    Camilla Hoitenga, flute; Anssi Karttunen, cello; Daniel Belcher, baritone; Heloise Dautry, harp
  • Ensemble
    Da Camera of Houston
    Camilla Hoitenga, flute; Daniel Belcher, baritone
Tom Service, The Guardian,01/07/2000
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