Erik Bergman


b. November 24, 1911 - Uusikaarlepyy, Finland / d. April 24, 2006 - Finland

Finnish composer. Bergman's style ranged widely, from Romanticism in his early works (many of which he later prohibited from being performed) to modernism and primitivism, among other genres. He won the Nordic Council Music Prize in 1994 for his opera "Det sjungande trädet".
Bergman studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and afterwards with Heinz Tiessen in Berlin and with Wladimir Vogel in Ascona. Since 1963 he has taught composition at the Sibelius Academy, besides working until 1978 as a choir conductor. Bergman was considered as a pioneer of the modern music in Finland. Because of his training he was considered as a representative of the avant-garde; he developed for example the twelve-tone techniques of Arnold Schönberg learned from Vladimir Vogel. He composed song cycles, cantatas, a violin concerto, pieces for piano and for organ, a guitar suite, a chamber concert for flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, percussion and piano and further chamber works. His “Requiem for a dead poet” (1970) and “Colori ed improvvisazioni” for orchestras (1973) gave him international recognition.


Works



etwas rascher, op.108

Instrumentation: saxophone quartet (SATB)
Date: 1985
Timing: 15'
Publisher: Novello
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Mipejupa, op.96

Instrumentation: flute, alto sax, guitar & percussion
Date: 1981
Timing: 17'
Publisher: Novello
Premiere: October 20, 1981 - Helsinki, Finland / Cluster Ensemble, Pekka Savijoki (alto sax), Mickael Helasvuo (flute), Pauli Hamalainen (percussion)
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Quint-Essence, op. 123

Instrumentation: saxophone quartet (SATB) & percussion
Date: 1993
Timing: 9'
Publisher: Warner/Chappel Music
Premiere: April 13, 1996 – Festival of New Music, Florida, USA / Rascher Sax Quartet
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Solfatara, op.81

Instrumentation: alto sax & percussion
Date: 1977
Timing: 15'
Publisher: Warner/Chappel Music
Premiere: January 16, 1976 - Helskinki, Finalnd / Pekka Savijoki (alto sax) & Pauli Hamalainen (percussion)
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Le Voyage (The Journey), op. 142

Movements:
  1. Aboriginal Landscapes
  2. Maori Fantasy
  3. Polynesian Rhythms
  4. À la Buenos Aires
  5. Samba
  6. South African Finale
Instrumentation: solo dancer (castanets), female solo dancer (negress), male solo dancer, 2 singer (mezzo soprano, bass-baritone), choir (SATB) & symphony orchestra
Date: 1999
Timing: 36'
Publisher: Warner/Chappel Music
Premiere: January 16, 1976 - Helskinki, Finalnd / Pekka Savijoki (alto sax) & Pauli Hamalainen (percussion)
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