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Aulis Sallinen

Publisher: Novello & Co

Sunrise Serenade (1989)
Work Notes
written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Kansallis-Osake Pankki
Novello & Co Ltd
Sub Category
Chamber Orchestra
Year Composed
6 Minutes
Programme Note
Aulis Sallinen Sunrise Serenade (1989)
The title Sunrise Serenade is equivocal. Sallinen had just completed his fourth opera, Kullervo, which explores the themes of decision-making, incest and suicide. There have been frequent occasions when Sallinen's trust in his creative gifts has been numbed, as he found himself contemplating the amount of cruelty that man can inflict and the depths of unhappiness that can be reached. But then he will glimpse a chink of light peeping through the darkness, and the beckoning to compose resurfaces.

Notwithstanding its unquestionable melancholy, the haunting, echoing spirit permeating the Sunrise Serenade is healing in its effect. Trumpet two, offstage, states the main motive. Strings and solo piano then establish the work's subdued atmosphere. From the body of the orchestra, trumpet one restates the theme, before its unfolding and overlapping get under way; the plucked strings midstream are a self-quote from Nocturnal Dances of Don Juanquixote (Chamber Music III).

© Ronald Weitzman

  • Ensemble
    Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Finlandia Sinfonietta / Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
    Arto Noras, cello / Jouko Harjanne and Aki Välimäki, bass trumpets
    Okko Kamu / Osmo Vänskä / Jukka-Pekka Saraste
  • Ensemble
    Malmö Symphony Orchestra
    Gert Mortensen, percussion
    Okko Kamu
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    Darryl One, conductor
  • 19 MAY 2011
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    Auckland Philharmoinic Orchestra
    Okko Kamu, conductor
  • 31 MAR 2011
    Helsinki, Finland
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    Other Dates:
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    Taipei National University, Tapei, Taiwan
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    Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand
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  • 01 JAN 2006
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    Kuhmo Music Institute
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    Tapiola Hall, Espoo, Finland
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  • 24 MAR 2005
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    Joensuu City Orchestra
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  • 05 DEC 2003
    Tapiolasali Hall, Espoo, Finland
    Tapiola Sinfonietta
    Jean-Jacques Kantorow, conductor
  • 26 MAR 2003
    Wisconsin, WI
    Wiconsin Chamber Orchestra

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