Einojuhani Rautavaara was the leading Finnish composer of his generation * His late style combined modernism with mystical romanticism * Series of orchestral works inspired by metaphysical and religious subjects * Immensely popular recordings on Ondine label, including best-selling Symphony No.7 (Angel of Light) (1995) * Operas on creative and historic themes including Vincent (1986-87) and Rasputin (2001-03) * Widely performed choral works including Vigilia (1971-72, rev.1996) * Works written for leading orchestras on both sides of Atlantic
Works by Einojuhani Rautavaara include:
Cantus arcticus (1972) Concerto for birds and orchestra
Book of Visions (2004) for orchestra
Into the heart of light (2011) for string orchestra
Works by Rautavaara up to 2003 are published by Fennica Gehrman and represented by Boosey & Hawkes in the UK, British Commonwealth (excluding South Africa), Eire, Germany, the USA and Mexico.
Works from 2003 are represented worldwide by Boosey & Hawkes.
For further information about Rautavaara's works, please visit the website of the Finnish Music Information Centre.
Publications of music by Rautavaara are available on sale from our online Music Shop.
Looking Ahead: Centenary in 2028
"It is my belief that music is great if, at some moment, the listener catches 'a glimpse of eternity through the window of time'... This, to my mind, is the only true justification for art. All else is of secondary importance." — Einojuhani Rautavaara