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The composer in 1956
Uuno (Kalervo) Klami (20 September 1900 – 29 May 1961) was a Finnish composer. He was born in Virolahti. Many of his works are related to the Kalevala. He was influenced by French and Spanish music, and especially by Maurice Ravel, for whom he had a particular esteem.
Klami studied music in Helsinki with Erkki Melartin and later in Paris and Vienna. His main works include the Kalevala Suite and the unfinished ballet Whirls. The oratorio Psalmus (1936) has a unique place in Finnish sacred music and is one of the most highly regarded works by a Finn other than Sibelius. Klami also experimented with the symphonic form in his two Symphonies (1938 and 1945) and Symphonie enfantine (1927), and the concerto form in his two Piano Concertos (No. 1 Une nuit à Montmartre and No. 2 for Piano and Strings) and the Violin Concerto (1943). Being a master of miniature orchestral works, the orchestral suite Sea Pictures is also regarded as one of his major achievements. On the recommendation of Sibelius he was granted a small lifetime income from the government. In 1959 he was made a member of the Finnish Academy (one of Finland's highest honors).
The energetic Karelian Rhapsody was the first Finnish orchestral work to be published in Finland, and a long-time favourite in radio concert programs.
Klami died of a heart attack in Virolahti at age 60 while sailing his favorite boat "Miina".
Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 8 Une nuit à Montmartre (1925)
Scenes from a Puppet Theatre (1925, orch. 1931)
Karelian Rhapsody, Op. 15 (1927)
Symphonie enfantine, Op. 17 (1928)
Opernredoute, Op. 20 (1929)
Cheremissian Fantasy for Cello & Orchestra, Op. 19 (1931)
Hommage à Haendel, Op. 21 (1931)
Sea Pictures, Op. 22 (1930-32)
Scenes from a Country Life (1932)
Sérénades joyeuses (1933)
Helsinki March (1934)
Lemminkäinen's Adventures on the Isle of Saari (1935)
Karelian Dances (1935)
The Cobbler on the Heath, overture (1936)
Psalmus for soloists, chorus and orchestra (1932-36)
Suite for String Orchestra (1937)
Symphony No. 1 (1937-38)
In the Belly of Vipunen for baritone, men's chorus, & orchestra (1938) from The Kalevala
Suomenlinna, overture Op. 30 (1940)
Kalevala Suite, Op. 23 (1933-1943)
Concerto for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 32 (1943)
King Lear, overture, Op. 33 (1944)
Symphony No. 2, op. 35 (1945)
The Prodigal Son, incidental music to the play by Marin Dr?i? (1945)
The Cyclist, rondo for orchestra (1946)
Suite for small orchestra, Op. 37 (1946)
Karelian Marketplace, Op. 39 (1947)
Revontulet / Aurore boréale ("Northern Lights"), fantasy for orchestra, Op. 38 (1948)
Concerto No. 2 for Piano & Strings, Op. 41 (1950)
All'Ouvertura, Op. 43 (1951)
Tema con 7 variazioni e coda for cello & orchestra, Op. 44 (1954)
Song of Moon Lake for baritone & orchestra (1956)
Pyörteitä ("Whirls"), ballet inspired by the Kalevala (Act One piano score orchestrated by Kalevi Aho, Act Two completed, Act Three lost) (1957-60)