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Publisher: Chester Music

Leino Songs (2007)
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
2007
Duration
13 Minutes
Language
Finnish
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Programme Note
Kaija Saariaho Leino Songs (2007)
Four Leino Songs are a setting of poems by one of Finland’s most important poets, Eino Leino. He was the most important developer of Finnish-language poetry at the turn of the 20th century, and in his works combined symbolism, mythic tradition and influences from Nietzche with his own romantic concept of the poet as a truth-seeking visionary. The four songs, entitled Looking at You, The Heart, Evening Prayer and Peace were written for the Finnish soprano Anu Komsi and are the first set of songs Saariaho has written in Finnish.

Sua katselen
Sua katselen silmin ma huikaistuin
kuni kaunista sateenkaarta,
sua silmäni sulkien muistelen kuin
meren laskija lehtosaarta.

Sua katson ma hiljaa henkien
kuin kuvaa äitini armaan
ja uskon, ett' enkelit lapsuuden
nyt lähellä liikkuvat varmaan.

Sydän
I
Sydän, mitä sahaat?
Sahaatko lautaa
neljää, joiden
välissä maata,
maata mun mieluisa on?

Sahaan ma rautaa,
kahleita katkon,
että sun henkesi
vapaa oisi,
henkesi onneton.

II
Sydän, mitä kuiskaat?
Kuiskitko kummaa
polkua päivän,
tunturin tietä,
taivahan tähtiä päin?

Kuiskin ma tummaa
ruonoa Tuonen,
kuiluja, vaivaa
virkkumatonta,
autuutta ylpeäin.

Iltarukous
Unta, unta, unta
syvää uinumaan.
Lunta, lunta, lunta
päälle mustan maan.

Yössä, yössä, yössä
öiset linnut lentää.
Työssä, työssä, työssä
lepää tuskat sentään.

Lennä, lennä, lennä
aatos inehmon!
Mennä, mennä, mennä
aika maata on.

Rauha
Mitä on nää touksut mun ympärilläin?
Mitä on tämä hiljaisuus?
Mitä tietävi rauha mun sydämessäin,
tää suuri ja outo ja uus?

Minä kuulen, kuink' kukkaset kasvavat
ja metsässä puhuvat puut.
Minä luulen, nyt kypsyvät unelmat
ja toivot ja toou'ot muut.

Kaikk' on niin hiljaa mun ympärilläin,
kaikk' on niin hellää ja hyvää.
Kukat suuret mun aukeevat sydämessäin
ja touksuvat rauhaa syvää.


Looking at You
Sua katselen, by Eino Leino

Looking in your eyes dazzles me
like looking at a rainbow's beauty,
I close my eyes and drift to your memory
as to a gladed island in the sea.

I look at you breathing softly
like an image of my mother dear
and it seems that the angels of childhood
must be stirring somewhere near.

translated by Lola Rogers



The Heart
Sydän, by Eino Leino

I.
Heart, what are you sawing?
are you sawing planks,
four planks for me
to lie down in,
a pleasant place to lie down?

It's iron I'm sawing
I'm breaking your chains
so that your soul
will be free,
your unhappy soul will be free.

II.
Heart, what are you whispering?
Are you whispering the wondrous
path of the daylight
a pass through the mountains
toward the stars in the sky?

It's darkness I'm whispering
dark Tuoni's poems
chasms, trouble,
uttering nothing,
the blessedness of pride.

translated by Lola Rogers


Evening Prayer
Iltarukous, by Eino Leino

Sleep, sleep, sleep
deeply to slumber.
Snow, snow, snow
over the black land.

Night, night, night,
night birds are flying.
Work, work, work
but even woe must rest.

Fly, fly, fly,
humankind’s pondering!
Away, away, away
the time has come to rest.

translated by Lola Rogers


Peace
Rauha, by Eino Leino

What is this fragrance around me?
What is this quietness?
What is this promise of peace in my heart,
what strange, grand, new thing is this?

I hear how the flowers are growing
and the talk of the trees in the wood.
I think that my old dreams are ripening
all my hopes, all the things that I sowed.

Everything's quiet around me,
Everything's gentle and sweet.
Great flowers are opening here in my heart
with a fragrance of deepest peace.

translated by Lola Rogers

  • Soloist(s)
    Kari Kriikku (clarinet), Anu Komsi (soprano)
    Ondine:
  • Soloist(s)
    Katharina Periscke, soprano / Pauliina Tukainen, piano / Stephanie Winker, flute / Frank-Michael Guthmann, cello
    MBM Mielke Bergfeld Musikproduktion:
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