Jokinen, Erkki

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Jokinen, Erkki

Jokinen, Erkki, Finnish composer and teacher; b. Janakkala, Oct. 16, 1941. He entered the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in 1960, where he was a composition student of Kokkonen (from 1965) and then of Bergman, taking his degree in 1970. After further training with Ton de Leeuw in Bilthoven, the Netherlands (1971), he returned to Helsinki and later taught theory and composition at the Sibelius Academy. In 1987 he served as the composer of the year at the Helsinki Festival. In his music, Jokinen places emphasis upon tonal effects and structure with a utilization of occasional pointillistic and minimalistic infusions.


o r c h.: Cello Concerto (1969-70; Helsinki, Oct. 21, 1971); Concerto for Accordion and Chamber Orch. (Helsinki, July 16, 1987); Voyage No.I, concerto for Violin and Chamber Orch. (Helsinki, Aug. 28, 1990) and No. 2 for Chamber Orch. (Hämeenlinna, Aug. 29, 1991). CHAMBER: Taksis for Flute and Piano (Hämeenlinna, April 28, 1968); Contrasts for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano (Helsinki, May 17, 1968); Music for 4 Brass Instruments (1968; Hämeenlinna, May 25, 1969); CeGeda for Cello (1969); 4 string quartets: No. 1 (1971; Helsinki, Feb. 28, 1973), No. 2 (Hämeenlinna, Nov. 28, 1976), No. 3 (1988; Oulu, Feb. 16, 1989), and No. 4 (1994); Do der Sumer komen was for Clarinet, Horn, Flugelhorn, Piano, and Percussion (Hämeenlinna, June 9, 1978); Distances for Clarinet and Piano (Hämeenlinna, Aug. 17, 1978); Air for Bass Clarinet (1979); Alone for Accordion (1979); Songs for Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Piano, Percussion, and Double Bass (Hämeenlinna, June 8, 1980); Face for Flute, Harp, Harpsichord, Violin, Viola, and Cello (Helsinki, March 24, 1983); Pillars for Cello and Double Bass (1983); Reflections for 2 Accordions (1983); Frieze for Oboe, Horn, Piano, Violin, and Double Bass (1984); Hommage à Marc Chagall for Organ (1985; Helsinki, April 9, 1986); Rise No. 1 for 4 Pianists (1989; Hämeenlinna, Nov. 22, 1990), No. 2 for Flute, Clarinet, and Percussion (1992), and No.3 for Percussionist (1992); …pressentir…for Accordion and Double Bass (1989; Helsinki, Aug. 10, 1990); Aspis for Alto Flute, Accordion, Guitar, and Percussion (Tampere, April 22, 1990); Pros for Clarinet and Cello (1990; Helsinki, March 16, 1991). VOCAL: Psalmus for Chorus (1971); Tempora per omnia for Men’s Chorus (1980; Hämeenlinna, Nov. 6, 1982); Floating Leaves for Soprano and Piano (Hämeenlinna, July 29, 1982); Oh, Let the Heart Be Filled for Chorus (1985); Do You Remember the Time for Chorus (1986); That Time of Year for Women’s Chorus (1988).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire