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The Karelian Roine Rautio

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... an opening of those magic casements ...

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« on: September 13, 2017, 02:22:39 am »

Fellow member Tetsugakusha kindly informs me, that: "Rautio's father moved from Finland to the USSR in 1922 because he wanted to be a Soviet citizen, he wrote the anthem of the Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic, his son Roine was born in 1934 as a Soviet citizen, lived as a Soviet citizen and died as a Soviet citizen. Roine Rautio could not possibly have had any more connection with the Soviet Union than he really had."

Which is very interesting to read - I myself didn't know anything about Rautio, except for an impression of some of his music. Of course, 'having a connection' with the Soviet Union doesn't change one's nationality - many Europeans in the 1930s had a strong 'connection' and even ended up living in Moscow, but that couldn't change their nationalities - but in the case of Rautio, there's a point. Good to learn.  Wink

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… music is not only an `entertainment’, nor a mere luxury, but a necessity of the spiritual if not of the physical life, an opening of those magic casements through which we can catch a glimpse of that country where ultimate reality will be found.  RVW, 1948

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