Symphony No. 7 (Rautavaara)

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Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara wrote his Symphony No. 7, subtitled Angel of Light, in 1994. It was originally known as The Bloomington Symphony in honor of it being commissioned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Bloomington (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra.[1] It belongs to his Angel Series, inspired by childhood dreams and revelations. The symphony has won wide popularity for its deep spirituality. The premiere recording by Segerstam has won a Grammy nomination.


  1. Tranquillo (~12')
  2. Molto allegro (~6')
  3. Come un sogno (~10')
  4. Pesante - Cantabile (~10')



Woodwinds: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons. Brass: 4 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, 1 Tuba. Percussion: Timpani, suspended cymbal, snare drum, glockenspiel, xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, tom-toms, tam-tams. Strings: Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Violoncello, Contrabass, Harp.


Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in 1994


Orchestra Conductor Record Company Year of Recording Format
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra Leif Segerstam Ondine Records 1995 CD
Lahti Symphony Orchestra Osmo Vänskä BIS Records 1999 CD
Royal Scottish National Orchestra Hannu Koivula Naxos Records 2001 CD