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The first Finnish Music Quarterly ever

by FMQ, Kim Borg, Antero Karttunen, Matti Konttinen, Olli Kortekangas, Heikki Laitinen, Pekka Lounela, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Erkki Salmenhaara, Eero Tarasti, Erik Tawaststjerna, Veljo Tormis

The year 2020 marks the 35th anniversary of the publication of the very first issue of the Finnish Music Quarterly. We are now publishing a digital facsimile of that first issue.

The very first issue of the Finnish Music Quarterly was published in 1985. Its publishers were what were then the Performing Music Promotion Centre (ESEK), the Foundation for the Promotion of Finnish Music (LUSES) and the Sibelius Academy, and its stated goal was “to be able to present a picture of musical life in Finland,” as our first editor-in-chief Antero Karttunen wrote in his Editorial. You can read more about the history of FMQ here.

The first issue was dedicated to the Finnish National epic, the Kalevala – on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the publication of its first version – and its place in Finnish music. Also in this issue, the leading international Sibelius scholar and biographer Erik Tawaststjerna presented the results of his research on Sibelius's Eighth Symphony.


The issue contains the following articles:

Finland's national treasure – the Kalevala BY Pekka Lounela
The Kalevala in Finnish music BY Eero Tarasti
Kalevala – the Estonian perspective BY Veljo Tormis
Uuno Klami and the Kalevala BY Erkki Salmenhaara
The folk tradition in Finnish jazz and light music BY Matti Konttinen
Rune-singing, the musical vernacular BY Heikki Laitinen
Yrjö Kilpinen BY Kim Borg
Thomas – Analysis of the tone material BY Einojuhani Rautavaara
Towards a less rigid notion of tradition (on the position of Kalevala today) BY Olli Kortekangas
Sibelius's eight symphony – an insoluble mystery – Part I BY Erik Tawaststjerna
Happenings, Reviews

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