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Finno-Ugric Folk Songs

Saturday, August 10, 2013

You probably don’t speak Udmurtian. Or Vepsian. Or Ivorian, Karelian Finnish, or Livonian. They are all Finno-Ugric languages – relatives of Finnish and Hungarian – that are spoken in what was the former Soviet Union.  Overwhelmed by Russian, they have not survived as well as Finnish, Hungarian, or even Estonian. Some only have a few dozen speakers. That’s why musicians like Veljo Tormis, the group Hedningarna, and Markku Ounaskari & Samuli Mikkonen have become so interested in the folk songs of these people. We’ll hear these songs in arrangements for chorus, rock band, and jazz ensemble on this New Sounds.

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Finno-Ugric Folk Songs

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

You probably don’t speak Udmurtian. Or Vepsian. Or Ivorian, Karelian Finnish, or Livonian. They are all Finno-Ugric languages – relatives of Finnish and Hungarian – that are spoken in what was the former Soviet Union.  Overwhelmed by Russian, they have not survived as well as Finnish, Hungarian, or even Estonian. Some only have a few dozen speakers. That’s why musicians like Veljo Tormis, the group Hedningarna, and Markku Ounaskari & Samuli Mikkonen have become so interested in the folk songs of these people. We’ll hear these songs in arrangements for chorus, rock band, and jazz ensemble on this New Sounds.

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Hot Choral Properties

Saturday, July 07, 2012

For this New Sounds, we’ll listen to some of the budding and now fruitful partnership of the BYU Choirs (Concert Choir, BYU Women’s Chorus, and others) and composer Eric Whitacre.   Hear Hebrew love song settings by Whitacre, from a recent recording by the BYU Choirs, along with music sung by Chanticleer.  Plus, there’s also choral music with and without instruments from Osvaldo Golijov, Gavin Bryars, and Estonian Veljo Tormis.  Some of these works have sound design, another work is accompanied only by a Tibetan singing bowl.  All that, and more.

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Hot Choral Properties

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

For this New Sounds, we’ll listen to some of the budding and now fruitful partnership of the BYU Choirs (Concert Choir, BYU Women’s Chorus, and others) and composer Eric Whitacre.   Hear Hebrew love song settings by Whitacre, from a recent recording by the BYU Choirs, along with music sung by Chanticleer.  Plus, there’s also choral music with and without instruments from Osvaldo Golijov, Gavin Bryars, and Estonian Veljo Tormis.  Some of these works have sound design, another work is accompanied only by a Tibetan singing bowl.  All that, and more.

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Finno-Ugric Folk Songs

Thursday, April 07, 2011

You probably don’t speak Udmurtian. Or Vepsian. Or Ivorian, Karelian Finnish, or Livonian. They are all Finno-Ugric languages – relatives of Finnish and Hungarian – that are spoken in what was the former Soviet Union.  Overwhelmed by Russian, they have not survived as well as Finnish, Hungarian, or even Estonian. Some only have a few dozen speakers. That’s why musicians like Veljo Tormis, the group Hedningarna, and Markku Ounaskari & Samuli Mikkonen have become so interested in the folk songs of these people. We’ll hear these songs in arrangements for chorus, rock band, and jazz ensemble.

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New Music from Estonia

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A small Baltic country with a big impact on the world of new music, Estonia has become a hot spot for choral music especially. We'll hear works by Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Toivo Tulev, Erkki-Sven Tüür, and more.  Estonian composer Arvo Pärt has immersed himself in the tradition of religious music of the Russian Orthodox Church, and for this New Sounds, we’ll hear some of his Stabat Mater. 

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