Erkki Aaltonen

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Erkki Aaltonen

Erkki Aaltonen (17 August 1910 – 8 March 1990) was a Finnish composer.

Biography[edit]

Born in Hämeenlinna (Tavastehus), Finland, he was a student of the violin at the Helsinki Conservatory and of composition in privacy with Väinö Raitio and Selim Palmgren.[1] He directed the Kemi Music Institute from 1966–1973. His musical selections were often of a topical nature.

Selected works[edit]

  • Symphonies
No. 1 (1947)
No. 2 (1949) Hiroshima[2]
No. 3 (1952) Popular
No. 4 (1959)
No. 5 (1964) Hämeenlinna rhapsody
  • Piano Concerto 1948
  • Piano Concerto 1954
  • Folk music for orchestra 1953–1960
  • Ballet suites from Lapponia 1956, 1959
  • Violin Concerto (1966)
  • Piano Sonata (1932, revised 1972)
  • Oboe Sonata (1945)
  • Preludi ja allegro (Prelude and Allegro) for viola and piano (1983)
  • five string quartets
  • piano pieces
  • songs

References[edit]

  1. ^ Slonimsky, Nicolas (1978). "Aaltonen, Erkki". Baker's Biographical dictionary of musicians. (6th ed.). New York: Schirmer Books. p. 1. ISBN 0-02-870240-9. 
  2. ^ Lifton, Robert Jay (1987). Death in life: survivors of Hiroshima. UNC Press Books. p. 473. ISBN 0-8078-4344-X. "Another symphony, entitled Hiroshima, was written by a Finnish composer, Erkki Aaltonen, and performed in that city on August 15, 1955, by the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra."