Suolahti, Heikki (1920 - 1936)

Heikki Theodor Suolahti (2 February 1920, Helsinki – 27 December 1936, Helsinki) was a Finnish composer.

Suolahti studied under Arvo Laitinen in Helsinki from 1929 to his death. In 1935, he composed Sinfonia piccola, which was first performed in February 1938 under Tauno Hannikainen. Hannikainen also orchestrated some of Suolahti's songs. When the composer died at the age of 16, none of his works had been performed publicly yet. He left the opera Pärttylin yö and a few other works unfinished.

Suolahti, a huge admirer of Richard Wagner, was promised a trip to the Bayreuth Festival in the summer of 1937, but his death soon after Christmas 1936 prevented it.

Jean Sibelius was fascinated with Sinfonia piccola and praised it to Suolahti's mother after the composer's untimely death.

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Sinfonia piccola

Sinfonia piccola | more info
Duration 22'30'' 82 pages

1. Andante, ma non troppo
2. Andante
3. Scherzo
4. Finale: Andante

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