Karjalainen, Ahti , Finnish conductor and composer; b. Oulu, March 20, 1907; d. Jyväskylä, Oct. 2, 1986. He studied composition at the Helsinki Cons., the Viipuri Inst., and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. After playing violin and trombone in various orchs., he conducted the Jyväskylä City Orch
orch:Polonaise for Trombone and Orch. (1935); Scherzo for Trumpet, Trombone, and Orch. (1940); Trombone Concerto (1942); Summer Scenes for Oboe and Orch. (1944); Winter Scenes (1948); Sym. (1948); Concert Suite for Bassoon and Orch. (1949); Duo for 2 Trumpets and Orch. (1950); Violin Concerto (1952); Ostinato for Cello and Orch. (1954); 2 cello concertos (1956, 1966). chamber: 6 partitas for Various Instrumental Combinations (1936, 1940, 1945, 1961, 1964, 1965); Wind Sextet (1945); solo pieces. vocal:The Eagle’s Way for Chorus and Orch. (1965); Setting Out for Narrator, Baritone, Mixed Chorus, Men’s Chorus, and Orch. (1968); The Song of Wood, cantata (1971).
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