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Erik Fordell: Vedenhaltija (Sjörået), for string orchestra and timpani op.37


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« on: October 26, 2017, 01:31:00 pm »

Erik Fordell (1917-1981) was a Finnish composer mainly writing in the romantic style. He composed a work for string orchestra and timpani in 1948 called "Vedenhaltija (Sjörået)". This title refers to the Sjörået, which is a mystical creature from the lake in Scandinavian folklore comparable to the nymphs in Greek mythology. The score was unpublished, but can now be found on my website as well as a short sound snippet:

https://www.tobias-broeker.de/rare-manuscripts/other-violin-manuscripts/5-or-more-players/

Here is also a short biography about Erik Fordell:

Erik Fritiof Fordell was born 02 July 1917 in Kokkola (Finland). He studied music at the Helsinki Institute of Church Music and the Sibelius Academy. His teachers included Aarre Merikanto, Bengt Carlson, Eino Linnala and Leo Funtek.
Erik Fordell later worked as a teacher at the Kokkola Folk School and the Kokkola Workers' School. He was also active as a choral conductor.
Erik Fordell died on 21 December 1981 in Kaarlela, today part of Kokkola (Finland).
Erik Fordell produced an enormous output of compositions through his lifetime. There are 45 symphonies, several concertos (2 for violin), 20 string quartets, numerous chamber compositions and about 400 choral and solo songs.
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2017, 11:51:27 am »

Very interesting! I also listened to a couple of short pieces I found on YT and his music is lovely. It would be wonderful to hear more.
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2017, 12:55:43 pm »

Great to hear you like the release. Just spread the word widely and hopefully an orchestra - most likely a Finnish orchestra - will take the chance of new repertoire.
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