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Kaija Saariaho

Publisher: Chester Music

Fall (1991)
commissioned by the Finnish National Opera
Work Notes
part 6 of Maa -- see Dramatic Works
Publisher
Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Helsinki
Category
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
1991
Duration
5 Minutes
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Programme Note
Kaija Saariaho Fall (1991)
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"Fall" for solo harp and electonics is the sixth and second last part of the ballet music "Maa" (meaning land or carth in Finnish), which in it's totality is instrumented for seven instruments and Electronics. The Whole ensemble (flute, percussion, harpsicord/keyboards, harp, violin, viola and cello) is playing together only in the last part. The ballet itself has no storyboard. One general theme is passing from one state to another; opening doors, gates, falling, crossing the Water.
"Fall" is a short and relatively virtuoso piece for harp. The title suggets an idea about falling into an underworld, and the overall shape of the piece follows this idea, starting from a high register and gradually opening the ambitus during the piece.

  • Soloist(s)
    Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola, violin; Tuula Riisalo, viola Lea Pekkala, cello; Eva Tigerstedt, flute; Pauliina Ahola, harp Janna Karkainen, harpsichord & synthesizer; Tapio Aaltonen & Juhani Hapuli, percussion; Juhani Liimatainen, electronics
    Conductor
    Tapio Tuomela
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