by Hilda Dederich
Night in May Rococo
Humorous Dance (Finnish Style) Evening Whispers Bird Song
Refrain de Berceau En Route
The present-day music of Finland is almost a family affair. The three composers of whom listeners would most readily think as representing the country - Sibelius, Jarnefelt, and Palmgren - are all related one to another by marriage. Palmgren, known first as a brilliant pianist, returned to his own country after some years of study abroad, and was soon appointed
Director of the Finnish Students Choral Society Other more important appointments followed, but in 1912 he gave them all up to devote himself to the twofold career of pianist entirely to the twofold career of planist and composer. He has toured Europe extensively, sometimes in company with his wife, who is a distinguished singer. In 1923 he went to Rochester, U.S.A., as Professor of Composition in the Eastman School.
Except for operas, choral works, and a number of songs, he is best known as a composer for the pianoforte, and particularly by many small pieces which in some way resemble Grieg s in their lyrical qualities and in the strongly national flavour with which he knows how to season them.
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