Ikonen, Lauri

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Ikonen, Lauri

Ikonen, Lauri, Finnish musicologist and composer; b. Mikkeli, Aug. 10, 1888; d. Helsinki, March 21, 1966. He studied at the Univ. of Helsinki and with Paul Juon in Berlin (1910–13). He was ed. of the Finnish music magazine Suomen Musikkilehti (1923-29). His music followed the Romantic tradition of Sibelius.


ORCH.: 6 syms.: No 1, Sinfonia inornata (1922), No. 2 (1937), No. 3, Lemmin poika (Son of Lemmi; 1941; rev. 1959), No. 4, Sinfonia concentrata (1942), No. 5, Sinfonia aperta (1943), and No. 6 (1956); Violin Concerto (1939); Concerto meditativo for Cello and Orch. (1942). CHAMBER: Piano Trio (1941); 2 violin sonatas. Piano: Concerto intimo (1956); Piano Sonata. VOCAL: Koulemaantuomitun mielialoja (Thoughts of a Condemned Man) for Baritone and Orch. (1936); Elaman lahja (The Gift of Life) for Soloists, Chorus, and Orch. (1956); choral works; songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire