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Kaija Saariaho

Publisher: Chester Music

Terrestre (2002)
commissioned by Eleanor Eisenmenger in honour of Kaija Saariaho's 50th birthday
Chester Music Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
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10 Minutes
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Programme Note
Kaija Saariaho Terrestre (2002)
Terrestre is a reworking of the second movement of the two-movement flute concerto dedicated to Camilla Hoitenga, Aile du songe (Wing of Dream). The titles of the two works derive from the collection of poems by Saint-John Perse, Oiseaux (Birds), which already served as a source of inspiration in the solo flute piece Laconisme de l’aile. The poet speaks of the birds’ flight and uses the rich metaphor of the bird to describe life’s mysteries through an abstract and multidimensional language.

Unlike Olivier Messiaen, Saariaho is more interested in the idea of the bird than in its singing. Terrestre falls into two parts. The first, Oiseau dansant (Dancing Bird), refers to an aboriginal tale in which a virtuosic dancing bird teaches a whole village how to dance. The second section, L’Oiseau, un satellite infime, is a synthesis of the previous parts of the concerto. In the poet’s words, the bird is a small satellite in a universal orbit. That poetic image brings to mind words that Saariaho wrote at the beginning of her career: "My wish is to go further, and deeper."

© 2003 by the Carnegie Hall Corporation

Sample Pages

  • 25 OCT 2018
    In Focus: Kaija Saariaho
    RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester
    RNCM New Ensemble
    Mark Heron; Anna Hartman; Mark Edwards, conductor
  • 20 JUN 2018
    Nief-Norf Summer Festival 2018
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
  • 30 SEP 2017
    Nordic Music Days 2017
    Royal Festival Hall, London
    The Riot Ensemble
  • 18 FEB 2017
    Présences 2017: Kaija Saariaho
    Maison de la Radio (Studio 104), Paris
    Davóne Tines, baritone; Camilla Hoitenga, flute; Eija Kankaanranta, kantele; Xavier de Maistre, harp; Florent Jodelet, percussion; Lyodoh Kaneko, violin; Oana Marchand, cello; Florentin Ginot, double bass
  • 09 JUN 2016
    Ojai Music Festival
    Ojai, CA
    ICE, Roomful of Teeth
  • 21 MAY 2016
    ONE DAY IN LIFE - Alte Oper Frankfurt
    Senkenberg Museum Frankfurt, Germany
    Ensemble Interface / students of Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt
  • 20 MAY 2016
    Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele
    Schwetzinger Schloss, Germany
    Schola Heidelberg
    Anssi Karttunen, cello / Florent Jodelet, percussion / Camilla Hoitenga, flute / Héloïse Dautry, harpe / Robert Koller, baritone / Jean-Baptiste Barrière, visuals and electronics
  • 31 JAN 2016
    NJORD Biennale 2016
    Koncertkirken, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Hélène Navasse, Duo Harpverk, Geirþrúður Ása Guðjonsdóttir, Margrét Árnadóttir
  • 28 NOV 2014
    Festival de Morelia
    Festival de Morelia, Mexico
  • 24 SEP 2014
    Trondheim Chamber Music Festival 2014
    Dokkhuset, Trondheim
    Trondheim Sinfonietta
    Camilla Hoitenga (flute) Daniel Belcher (baritone); Ernest Martinez-Izquierdo, conductor
  • 16 APR 2013
    Institut Finlandais, Paris
    International Contemporary Ensemble
  • 03 NOV 2012
    Borusan, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 07 SEP 2012
    Piccolo Regio Giacomo Puccini, Turin, Italy
    London Sinfonietta
    Tom Gill (cello); David Atherton, conductor

    Other Dates:
    8 September - Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan, Italy
  • 24 AUG 2012
    Arcus Temporum IX - Art Festival of Pannonhalma
    Pannonhalma, Hungary
    Quasars Ensemble
    Mario Caroli
  • 11 AUG 2012
    Mostly Mozart
    Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY
    International Contemporary Ensemble
    Anthony Roth Costanzo
  • 03 MAY 2012
    Isabella Sewart Gardner, New York
  • 12 APR 2012
    Yale University, New Haven, USA
    Ginevra Petrucci flute; Joohye Lim violin; Jurrian van der Zanden cello; Victor Caccese percussion; Yue Guo harp; Hannah Collins cello; Paul Kerekes piano; Michael Compitello percussion; Yang Jiao, conductor
  • 17 JAN 2012
    Le poisson rouge, New York
    Claire Chase
  • 08 OCT 2011
    Saariaho Festival Den Haag
    Royal Conservatory, Den Haag, The Netherlands
    Students of the NJO Summer Academy and the Royal Conservatory
  • 21 JAN 2011
    Theatre Graslin, Nantes, France
    Ensemble Utopik
  • 22 APR 2010
    Weil Hall
    International Contemporary Ensemble
    Claire Chase
  • 23 MAR 2008
    Maison de la Musique, Nanterre, France
    Gilles Burgos, flute; Florent Jodelet, percussion; Anne Ricquebourg, harp; Noemi Schindler, violin; David Simpson, cello
  • 12 OCT 2007
    Maison de la Musique, Nanterre, France
    Gilles Burgos, flute; Anne Ricquebourg, harp; francois-Marie Drieux, violin; Florian Lauridon, cello, Florent Jodelet, percussion
  • 27 MAR 2006
    Opéra de Paris, France
    Ensemble L'Itinéraire
  • 29 SEP 2005
    Conservatoire National de Region de Strasbourg
    Ensembles du Conservatoire National de Region de Strasbourg
  • 23 SEP 2005
    "Traiettorie" Contemporary Music Festival
    Teatro Farnese, Parma, Italy
    Mario Caroli, Anssi Karttunen, Silva Costanzo, Garth Knox, Anna Loro, Danilo Grassi
  • 07 JUN 2005
    Terrestre UK Premiere
    Royal Festival Hall
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Mario Caroli; Ilan Volkov, conductor
  • 14 MAY 2005
    Musée et Domaine nationaux du Château de Fontainebleau
    Room of the Beautiful Chimney
    Mario Caroli flute, Tuija Hakkila piano, Héloïse Dautry harp, Florent Jodelet percussion, Anssi Kartunen violoncello, Garth Knox viola
  • 10 SEP 2004
    Berliner Festspiele
    Philharmonie, Chamber Music Hall, Berlin, Germany
    Anssi Karttunen, cello / Timo Korhonen, guitar / Camilla Hoitenga, flute / Garth Knox, viola / Laura Mikkola, piano / Héloise Dautry, harp
  • 13 FEB 2004
    Seattle Chamber Players

It has never before been quite possible to say that a woman is among the most respected composers of her generation. But with the Finnish-born Kaija Saariaho it is finally true. High time, then, that the Philharmonia's easily digestible, free-entry Music of Today series should present a snapshot of her work. André de Ridder['s ...] clear conducting drove forward a programme pairing a work not previously heard in the UK with one of Saariaho's better-known scores. Terrestre, written three years ago, grew out of the flute concert Aile du Songe. Its two distinct sections both revel in high-pitched, ringing sonorities. In the first, the purrs and chirrups of the hyperactive flautist spur the other instruments into energetic motion; the second decelerates all this to a sense of intense stillness. With flautist Mario Caroli as an outstanding soloist, backed by four members of the Philharmonia, this new piece proved [...] intriguing.
Erica Jeal, The Guardian,09/06/2005
Lichtbogen, with its discreet electronic enhancement, which enchanted me twenty years ago when she was a new name, was preceded by Terrestre (a variant reduction of the second movement of her flute concerto) in which Mario Caroli, supported by exotic sounds drawn from a chamber group of two strings, piano and percussion, choreographed himself to depict 'a virtuoso dancing bird'. His consummate virtuosity encompassed simultaneous vocalising and he drew all eyes to his lunges, crouching low, springing up off the ground, even kicking one foot in the air whilst standing on the other, his flute sounding magical in the Festival Hall the while.
Peter Grahame Woolf,,08/06/2005
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