Linjama, Jouko (Sakari)

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Linjama, Jouko (Sakari)

Linjama, Jouko (Sakari), Finnish organist and composer; b. Kirvu, Feb. 4, 1934. He studied composition with Merikanto and Kokkonen at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (1954–60) and musicology and literature at the Univ. of Helsinki. He continued his composition training with Zimmermann and Koenig at the Cologne Staatliche Hochschule für Musik (1962–64) and also worked with Stockhausen in the Cologne course for new music (1963). He was organist at St. Henrik’s Catholic Church (1958–60) and then in the Tuusula parish (from 1964); also taught at the Sibelius Academy (1964–68). A prominent composer of sacred music, he was awarded the composition prize of the Finnish church in 1979. In his works, he attempts to fuse Burgundian strict counterpoint with serial techniques.


orch.:La Migration d’oiseaux sauvages (1977). chamber: 5 Metamorphosen für 5 Instrumente über 5 Canons Op. 16 von Anton Webern for Celesta, Vibraphone, Guitar, Harpsichord, and Piano (1963); ...lentiä...(...leaves...) for Cello and Piano (1974); Hommage à Dandriaeu for 2 Cellos or 2 Men’s Voices and Organ (1977); 2 string quartets: No. 1, Cantiones (1978) and No. 2, Variazioni (1979); Concerto for Organ, Marimba, Vibraphone, and 2 Wind Quartets (1981). organ:Sonatina supra b-a-c-h (1961); Partita-sonata Veni Creator Spiritus(1968); Intrada (1969); Magnificat (1970); Concerto (1971); Tripty-chon for 2 Organs (1971); Partita (1973); Piae cantiones per organo piccolo (1976); Missa cum jubilo (1977); Consolation pour l’orgue (1978); Toccatina, danza e contradanza per organo piccolo (1981); Organum supra b-a-c-h (1982); Roccata (1985); Reflections for Organ Duet (1991). vocal:Millaista on (How it is), oratorio for Baritone, 6 Men’s Voices, Orch., and 3 Tape Recorders (1964–68); Homage to Aleksis Kivi, symphonic oratorio for Narrator, Baritone, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, Children’s Chorus, and Orch. (1970–76); La sapienza, chamber oratorio for 2 Choruses (1980); cantatas; song cycles; solo songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire