Marttinen, Tauno (1912 - 2008)

Tauno Marttinen
Born: Helsinki, 27 Sep. 1912
Died: Turenki, 18. Jul 2008

TAUNO MARTTINEN studied music at Viipuri (Vyborg ) during the 1920s and in Helsinki during the 1930s under such teachers as Peter Akimov, Ilmari Hannikainen and Selim Palmgren. Tauno Marttinen had his sights set on a career as a concert pianist, but the emphasis swung gradually over in favour of composition. He has dedicated his life's work to Hameenlinna Music Institute, of which he was the director from 1950 until 1975, and to his concurrent work on behalf of the musical life of his home town of Hameenlinna. It was in recognition of this work that he was granted an honorary professorship by the state in 1972.

Marttinen's unusually wide and varied musical output can be easily divided into certain stylistic periods. The earliest of these, comprising works composed prior to the Second World War, reflects the late national romantic style prevailing at that time in Finland; this style also had its influence on the composer's post-war work, but did not provide suitable ground for the development of Marttinen's own personal style. It was not until the 1950s, the time when international modernist trends began to gain a foothold in Finland, that Marttinen succeeded in developing his own personal means of expression, influenced at the outset by dodecaphonic ideas. Time spent studying with Wladimir Vogel in Switzerland provided Marttinen with the basis for his own dodecaphonic technique which he proceeded to employ during the middle fifties, initially on a very strict basis and subsequently with greater and greater freedom. At this point he turned his back on his entire early output.

This, his second, dodecaphonic period gave rise to a number of important works, some of which are still regarded in many circles as the composer's best. Marttinen continued to choose his subjects from fairly Finnish-oriented sources, chiefly the national romantic epic Kalevala which has remained near to the composer's heart throughout his entire compositional career, and also from religious-philosophical literature whose significance has grown during the composer's later life. This area of interest has shown itself in both instumental and vocal music.

In the middle sixties Marttinen began to relinquish dodecaphonic principles in favour of free-tonality. This phase was also marked by an increased interest in nature and mysticism, and indeed this period has been retrospectively christened Marttinen's period of nature-mysticism. Characteristic of this period has been the use of very colourful instrumentation which may itself be influenced by the composer's intimate acquaintance with modern Finnish art. The most central music resulting from this phase of Marttinen's musical output was in fact instrumental music.

The stylistic progress of the next decade was something of a synthesis of the previous ones and displayed an evident neo-classical bent. Its music has become clearer in its outlines, taking on a more ascetic character by comparison with earlier work

Tauno Marttinen's extensive operatic output is worthy of special mention. Not merely does it include some first-class examples of Finnish comic opera but also a number of serious musical dramas based on the works of Aleksis Kivi, Nicolai Gogol, Henry Miller, Dante, H. C. Andersen, Oscar Wilde, and the Bible.

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Akka ja porsas Op. 159 No 1

Akka ja porsas Op. 159 No 1 | more info
44 pages

Female Choir SSAA

fl, cl, bsn, 2vln, vlc, db

36.93 €

Alla kasvon kaikkivallan

Alla kasvon kaikkivallan | more info
Duration 12'00'' 14 pages

Soprano, Alto, Baritone, Mixed Choir (SATB) and Organ

9.12 €

Helluntain ihme Op. 255

Helluntain ihme Op. 255 | more info
Duration 11'00 12 pages

Cantata for Solo Voice, Organ and Trumpet (in Bb)

Apt. 2: 1-

8.40 €

Herra, sinun lunastajasi Op. 166

Herra, sinun lunastajasi Op. 166 | more info
Duration 16'00'' 11 pages

Mixed Choir (SATB), Baritone, Organ and Strings

12.66 €

Jeesuksen vuorisaarna Op. 130

Jeesuksen vuorisaarna Op. 130 | more info
Duration 3'35'' 5 pages


Mountain Sermon
All Saints' Day Gospel
Matt. 5: 3-11

3.42 €

Jeesus ja Pilatus Op. 307

Jeesus ja Pilatus Op. 307 | more info
Duration 9'00'' 8 pages

Baritone and Organ

Luuk. 23: 3-31

3.42 €

Johanneksen ilmestys Op. 162

Johanneksen ilmestys Op. 162 | more info
Duration 45'00'' 75 pages


1. Sen jälkeen minä näin [Bass, Organ]
2. Pyhä, pyhä, pyhä [Male Choir, Female Choir, Organ]
3. Ja minä näin [4 Trombones, Bass]
4. Kuka on arvollinen [2 Trumpets in Bb, Male Choir, Female Choir, Organ]
5. Älä itke [2 Trumpets in Bb, 4 Trombones, Bass, Male Choir]
6. Seitsemän silmää [Female Choir, Bass, Strings]
7. Ja kun se oli ottanut kirjan [4 Trombones, Bass, Timpani]
8. Koraali II [2 Trumpets in Bb, 4 Trombones, Mixed Choir, Timpani, Strings, Organ]
9. Raamatun lukija [Timpani]
10. 8-ääninen kuoro [Female Choir, Male Choir, Timpani, Tam tam]
11. Ja heille kullekkin annettiin [Mezzosoprano, Strings]
12. Kuudes sinetti [Bass, Organ]
13. Langetkaa meidän päällemme [Mixed Choir, Organ]
14. Neljä enkeliä [4 Trombones, Bass, Strings]
15. Älkää vahingoittako [Mixed Choir]
16. Raamatun lukija
17. Pelastus tulee... [Mixed Choir, Timpani]
18. Ja kaikki enkelit... [2 Trumpets in Bb, 4 Trombones, Male Choir]
19. Amen [Mixed Choir, Strings]
20. Raamatun lukija
21. Koraali III [Female Choir, Male Choir, Organ]
22. Coda [2 Trumpets in Bb, 4 Trombones, Mixed Choir, Mezzosoprano, Timpani, Strings, Organ]

31.65 €

Maa jota ei ole Op. 209

Maa jota ei ole Op. 209 | more info
I Olemisen riemu
välisoitto: sellokadenssi
II Maa jota ei ole

Female choir (SSAA)

Tam tam
Piatti à 2
Gran Cassa


21.10 €

Offenbarung Johannes Op. 137

Offenbarung Johannes Op. 137 | more info
Duration 15'00'' 11 pages

Baritone, male Choir (TTBB) and Organ

John 4: 1-8

9.12 €

Vox angelica Op. 107

Vox angelica Op. 107 | more info
Duration 9'00'' 10 pages

Soprano / Oboe / Organ

9.12 €