Brass @ Sibelius Academy: Long Forgotten Finnish Brass Band Music from 1800s
Inspired by the Suomi 100 observance, brass musicians from the Guards will perform music heard for the first time in over a century. Marches, overtures, ceremonial music, dances, and many other selections popular in Helsinki in 1880s were played by a 15-piece brass band, usually of military horn players. Finnish American music professor and researcher Dr. Paul Niemistö has been studying these old music manuscripts for more than fifteen years in preparation for this June 6 event. In Helsinki this spring, he is working toward the final result of the years of efforts: this reenactment concert. The valved brass instruments first came into Helsinki about 1855 from Germany and St Petersburg and eventually became a part of the musical life of almost every village in the country. While the popularity of the brass band was very high just before independence, it rapidly fell into anonymity right after. This was partly because of an effort to modernize music in all forms and because there was some negative association with the military bands at the time of the Tsar. The rediscovery of this important music culture is an exciting development in the year of the centennial, and reminds us how we once were.
Kaartin vanhan ajan torvisoittokunta
Jyrki Koskinen and Paul Niemistö, conductors
Brass @ Sibelius Academy on June 5th to 10th 2017.
Brass @ Sibelius Academy is an international education and concert event for brass instruments in Helsinki on June 5th to 10th 2017. The teachers and artists for the event include brass teachers from the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki and a group of other internationally acclaimed brass instrumentalists. In addition to master classes, the event will also feature a high-level concert series in the Helsinki Music Centre and the Temppeliaukio Church. The event is realized with the financial aid from Svenska Kulturfonden. The project aims to strengthen nordic collaboration and exchange of know-how within education of brass instruments.