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Juhannusaatto
for violin, celesta, and piano

Work no. 192
2021

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    This is one of the satellite pieces of Many Pink Butterflies, derived from that work's Solo V. Each solo in MPB is about a minute long, and explores a single compositional technique. A satellite piece based on a solo develops that technique further. In this case, the technique was inversion: in the original solo, a melody was simply followed by its inversion. In Juhannusaatto two different groups of melodies follow the same procedure. There are three sections, each followed by a solo for one of the instruments of the ensemble: like a miniature Many Pink Butterflies.

    The music I came up with for trio sections seemed festive to me, but calm at the same time. I immediately thought the Finnish writer Tove Jansson's short story A Memory from the New World, and that eventually led to thoughts about Midsummer's Eve celebrations in Finland and Scandinavian countries – the title is the Finnish name of the holiday. This was my third Finnish piece, after Suomi Jukebox and Phoenix.


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