Works for solo instruments

Etudes

(2019-2021)

Guitar

Movements:

Etude I: Arioso

Etude II: Memoria (Remembrance)

Etude III: Riite

Etude IV: Agitato nervosamente

Etude V: Nocturno. Väre (Ripple)

Etude VI: Puro (Stream)

Etude VII: Unisono

Etude VIII: Avautuen (Unfolding)

Etude IX: Kangastus (Mirage)

Etude X: Roihu (Blaze)

Duration: ca. 35'

Written for Patrik Kleemola

Sheet music available from Edition Wilhelm Hansen (Wise Music Classical)

First performance of Etudes Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 6: Patrik Kleemola, guitar, Sibelius Museum, Turku, Finland, November 11, 2020

YouTube premiere of the whole work on Mondays from September 27 until November 29, 2021.

Listen to Etudes on:

  • Watch on YouTube
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Foreword to Etudes, published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Etudes for guitar continues my long collaboration with the Finnish guitarist Patrik Kleemola. The initial idea for a set of new etudes for guitar came up in a conversation I had with Kleemola back in 2017. Our mutual point of view was that contemporary music doesn’t play a substantial part in the repertoire of students in music institutes. In fact, the vast and rich oeuvre of today’s composers is something that students only come across during their academic studies in music. As we see it, the situation is more or less the same around the world. Our wish was to address this issue and contribute to the availability of contemporary music in the repertoires of students, also younger students.

Although Etudes is pedagogically designed to target different playing techniques—both traditional and unconventional—my aim was just as much to compose pieces that would be suitable for concert use by students and professional guitarists alike. The result is a collection of ten etudes covering a wealth of moods, styles and sonic possibilities of a solo guitar.

The technical difficulty level increases gradually as you progress through the etudes. The first etudes are suitable for younger and more experienced students alike, whereas the last etudes are primarily targeted at professional guitarists and students pursuing their professional degree in music.

Since the beginning of this project, Kleemola and I had agreed to make video recordings of each etude, which will be published on Kleemola’s YouTube channel. Targeted to an international audience, each performance video is accompanied by a conversation video with Kleemola and me, where we further explain the pedagogical and musical aims of the individual etudes. These videos will be accessible on Kleemola’s YouTube channel from September 2021 onwards.

– Markku Klami, 2021

Colori

(2020)

 

Violin (for young players)

Duration: ca. 2'30"

Dedication: for Kiira on her 10th birthday

afore

(2015)

 

Piano

Duration: ca. 9'

Dedicated to Tuomas Niininen

First performance: Tuomas Niininen, piano, Concert hall of the Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland, November 23, 2015

ripples

(2012)

 

Piano

Duration: ca. 4'

Dedication: in memoriam Kauko Korhonen

First performance: Diana Liiv, piano, HELIjaKEEL Concert series, Kirjanike Maja, Tallinn, Estonia, November 20, 2015

TWIRL

(2008)

 

Clarinet

Duration: 7'

Dedication: For Juulia and Christian

First performance (original version): Marko Portin, clarinet, Time of Music Festival, Viitasaari, July 8, 2008

First performance (final version): Lauri Sallinen, clarinet, Concert of Ears Open Society, Helsinki, November 29, 2008

First performance outside Finland: Aron Malek, clarinet, EU ART Network, Oslip, Austria, September 3, 2011

Watch and listen to TWIRL on:

  • Listen on YouTube

TWIRL: work commentary in English

 

Klami composed TWIRL in 2008 while still studying at the Sibelius Academy. The inspiration for TWIRL was primarily the clarinet itself, especially the dynamic and sonorous possibilities of the instrument. The work has a gentle start, through which Klami leads the listener to a quick and sparkling introduction to clarinet's timbral qualities.

 

The action-packed and lively parts quickly change into soft, mysterious episodes. TWIRL was written at a stage in Klami's studies where he felt his creativity was "blocked"; according to his own words, he felt "stuck" and unable to compose.

TWIRL: teoskommentti suomeksi

Klami sävelsi tämän teoksen vuonna 2008 vielä opiskellessaan Sibelius-Akatemiassa. TWIRL-teoksen innoittajana oli ensisijaisesti klarinetti itsessään, erityisesti tämän instrumentin dynaaminen ja soinnillinen laaja-alaisuus. Teoksessa on lempeä aloitus, jonka kautta Klami johdattaa kuulijan nopeaan ja säihkyvään klarinetin musiikillisten ominaisuuksien esittelyyn.

 

Vauhdikkaat ja eloisat osuudet vaihtuvat nopeasti pehmeän salaperäisiin jaksoihin. TWIRL syntyi Klamin opintojen sellaisessa vaiheessa, jossa hän koki luovuutensa olevan ”tukossa”; hänen omien sanojensa mukaan, hän tunsi olevansa ”juuttuneena” kykenemätön säveltämään.

Cinque miniature

(2005-2006)

 

Guitar

Movements:

Miniatura I

Miniatura II

Miniatura III

Miniatura IV

Miniatura V

Duration: 6'30"

Commissioned by and dedicated to Patrik Kleemola

First performance: Patrik Kleemola, guitar, Monopoli, Italy, April 7, 2006

Finnish premiere: Patrik Kleemola, guitar, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, April 18, 2006

First public broadcast (recording of a live concert on April 18, 2006): Patrik Kleemola, guitar, YLE Radio 1, Finnish Broadcasting Company, November 9, 2006

Premiere recording: PERCHITARRASOLA - Finnish and Italian music for guitar - Patrik Kleemola, guitar (Pilfink Records, Finland, 2012)

Listen to Cinque miniature on:

  • Listen on Spotify
  • Listen on Deezer
  • Listen on YouTube

Cinque miniature: work commentary in English

 

Markku Klami's Cinque miniature presents itself as miniaturist musical genre paintings, as the name of the composition might suggest. The musical elements holding the miniatures together – pedal points, asymmetric rhythmics, extensive use of triplets, repetitive motifs – all these suggest that all these miniatures were painted in the same situation, as variations of the same atmosphere.

 

The cyclical unity of the composition is intensified further by the fact that each miniature opens with tones that end the preceding miniature, and also by the fact that the first and last tone of the composition are the same.

– Juha Torvinen, work commentary on Patrik Kleemola's debut album Perchitarrasola, 2012

Cinque miniature: teoskommentti suomeksi

Markku Klamin Cinque miniature aukeaa, nimen mukaisesti, pieninä musiikillisina laatukuvina. Osia yhdistävät ainekset – urkupisteet, epäsymmetrinen rytmiikka, triolien viljely, aiheenkertaus – kertovat, että kuvat on maalattu samassa tilanteessa, saman tunnelman eri muunnelmina.

 

Ensimmäinen miniatyyri keinuu kaksi- ja kolmijakoisen rytmin päällekkäisyytenä. Toinen luottaa matalaan pohjaääneen. 10/16-tahtilajissa rynkyttävä kolmas miniatyyri puolestaan lisää teokseen tanssillisuutta ja valelopun tuomaa ehkä yllättävääkin leikillisyyttä.

 

Sekvensaaliset pyrähdykset keskeyttävät neljännen laatukuvan rauhallisuuden välihuomautusten tavoin. Viidennen miniatyyrin läpi tunkee keskirekisterin h-urkupiste, joka muistuttaa kolmannen osan maisemia.

– Juha Torvinen, teoskommentti Patrik Kleemolan ensilevyllä Perchitarrasola, 2012

Colours in Blue

(2002)

 

Guitar

Movements:

I - Andante espressivo e molto rubato

II - Adagio misterioso, poco rubato

Duration: 11'30"

Commissioned by and dedicated to Patrik Kleemola

First performance: Patrik Kleemola, guitar, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, October 15, 2002