Kaj Chydenius

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Kaj Chydenius (2009)

Kaj Chydenius (born 16 October 1939, Kuusankoski) is a Finnish composer probably best known for his left-wing political songs interpreted by various artists. He studied at the Sibelius Academy,[1] the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki School of Economics, starting his career with avant-garde music, happening, instrumental theatre, and the aesthetics of John Cage. Some of the best-known works by Chydenius are Lapualaisooppera (1966)[2] and such songs as 'Sinua, sinua rakastan', 'Nuoruustango' and the children's song 'Magdaleena', which are all evergreens in Finland. Kaj Chydenius was one of the founding members of KOM-teatteri in 1971, together with Kaisa Korhonen who was his wife then. The younger son of Kaj Chydenius, Jussi Chydenius is a member of the vocal ensemble Rajaton. Many works by Chydenius are released on Love Records.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Lauluja (1966)
  • Kauneimmat rakkauslaulut (1977)
  • Unet palaavat Helsinkiin (1996)


  1. ^ Lyytikäinen, Pasi. "What matters most is that the poem has personal significance to the composer". Finnish Composers' Copyright Society Teosto. Archived from the original on 6 August 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Finland Events & Festivals - Events at Stoa 2010". Finnguide.fi. Retrieved 1 February 2010.[permanent dead link]