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This is music. Classical contemporary and folk music from the Sabbat years festival and 50th anniversary of Finnish independence celebration in a series revealing some of the current musical activity in Finland. This second series of programs of music from Finland is based on recordings supplied by the Finnish Broadcasting Company for production by the University of Michigan. Today we will hear a recording of the Finnish national choral festival conducted in time for a programme was produced by the law of the Finnish Broadcasting Company and is narrated by Donald fields Brugge ram opens with the playing of a portion of the tone poem Finlandia by yawns a bit yes.
With. With. With. With. With. And towards the end of the 19th century in 1989 to Finnish students visited Estonia had a Song Festival and returned across the Gulf and full of enthusiasm for this cultural way of getting things off one's chest. Interesting choral festivals grew in revolutionary fashion after Finland had held its first one in 1884. It was an expression of national feeling of the type produced by individual writers and composers. But this time in a corporate democratic manner.
With. But a voice. Arranged by buying a handgun and. Singing forms the basic theme of this year's festival which the things called flats strictly translated as Song Festival. But folk dancing. How did places where in this field Finland is a
meeting place for east and west. Let's listen to a wedding in Swedish speaking.
Saying involve us or dressed in a national costume women with ribbons and white blouses tight bodices stripes or hoops and white stockings. The men in stark jackets and black trousers and costumes in North Country whose colors and designs vary according to the province or even district. The person is from. The national character of the festival can be seen in the fact that most of the choral music was a finished composition. Here's a men's choir singing grains vid me line at the Charka that it has
hundreds of singers and the place they're singing in is the athletic stadium in town today.
Tom Petty a city of one hundred thirty thousand two and a half hours by train from Helsinki was the scene of this year's musical high jinx. Tom Petty is the Manchester Finn and a textile town combining heavy industry with a sculpture of the ultra modern university which grew out of the High School of Social Science and the open air theatre which has the world's first revolving auditorium and where local writes a vinyl as the unknown is performed. Our city of time today has put stadiums seats and other facilities at the disposal of the festival all thought it is free of charge. Ring codes have been reserved for spectators in case of bad weather.
No. The highlight of the 1967 festival was honey route of Independence cantata. This is a work for massed choirs and orchestras whose words are based on the documentary evidence of Finn and sister and the contradictory attitudes of two poets the romantic traditionalist and the modern expressionist have a go. So deep are the contradictions in fact that according to Mr out of two choirs refused to sing the work for political reasons. Something about the ideas you have used in this kind
was allowed to loads the point of the text which he was going to use. So I'm told something important and our. Short History of our independence and I won't deny that it takes from where you are. So cease from two points from hobby group with a modern point and of course skinny me who is an odo arm and then I also mixed some on historical words like words from the correspondence between Nikolai Baba God who was the governor of Finland and before the
independence and between him and it's not at Nikolai the second of Russia was our side our king then. And that correspondence was very interesting and. And then also from mom. Later bear years of our history. Like I have from the speeches of of presidents three Star 80 and my name and mixing all these. Very different elements I hoped to make a picture of holy power you would of this 50 years switch us which have gone and I hope that the music would. Unite all these very different.
It is part of the Independence as it was performed in Tampa Bay on June the 10th. For the first time. Widely praised in the press this work probably came out to the idea of finish academician expressed in his address in the Tampa Bay ice hole. Going in as a well-known composer one of whose works was performed during the festival. Is a part of his life.
Oh. Oh uh. Oh. Another composer represented in the festival was bank your home song whose contact from from bygone times to
the words of 19th century national poet J. Aruna Betty worst performing for the first time in the stadium. Yeah. Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho. Perhaps the liveliest music in the whole festival was that's by the amazingly energetic life's a guest composer.
I'm going back to his work equilibrium introduced John's themes for a large young orchestra. That's of the music college.
This was on the Sunday afternoon when the 20000 participants. Point unfortunately for everybody in the festival and hit it.
A. You you. You. In the low heat. You will over eat. We. From America the American Finnish west coast singers. We spoke to conduct. They go see. Many of these people believe in fourth generation fans out there. That's great
that's great. Say that if you remember that this is in 1938 that hardly beat any immigration waves would call the base fence going to United States because the war and after the war it was hard to get the United States. Even if you had relatives so between 1930 it I should say in til about 1950 twenty years. That was of one generation missing. So there was only older people and there's all the peoples as Nature takes to you of age. You cannot sing any longer at that well you used to sing 60 years ago or 40 even 40 years ago. And actually we try to reach does a new generation says of one generation my own age I should say are missing in United States in the phonies colony ethnic groups. So we are looking for and I was looking very hard for it a third generation recall and even fourth generation and we do have it in our chorus. Third and fourth generations people who are still a very very close to the finish I should say that in Harry Tate culture
alive and they are very proud of it. You're you're. Yes the Americans still sing in Finnish despite the fact that many of them are fourth generation inhabitants of the United States. They
like all those gathered in time today for this corn festival. It's the significance of this occasion in the 50 years of little Finland's independence in what's more appropriate way could we end them by playing Frederick says so woman the song of Finland as performed in the Finnish choral festival 1967. Here are the massed voices of 20000 singers. Uh uh uh uh.
Uh uh uh. The USA. USA.
The Finnish national choral festival. A recording of this outstanding event in Finnish musical life made in time for a produced by the Finnish Broadcasting Company and narrated by Donald fields. Luton The early. You have been listening to music from Finland classical contemporary and folk music. From the civilian festival and the 50th anniversary of Finnish
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Music from Finland
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Finnish Broadcasting Company
University of Michigan
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Music from Finland is a series of programs focused on classical, contemporary, and folk music from two musical events in Finland; the Sibelius Festival of 1965 and the 50th Anniversary of Finnish Independence Celebration of 1967. The series is based on recordings from the Finnish Broadcasting Company for production by the University of Michigan, and was distributed by the National Educational Radio Network.
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Host: Burrows, Ed
Producing Organization: Finnish Broadcasting Company
Producing Organization: University of Michigan
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University of Maryland
Identifier: 69-7-8 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:29:43
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