I have been playing the cello for exactly one year and 6 months today! 🥳🎶 And yes, I have practiced every single day.
And what a journey it has been! ❤️ I’m so grateful every day!
Here is the most beautiful Finnish piece I have ever heard, Consolation by Taneli Kuusisto. I just love this. ❤️ My biggest dream right now is that I could play this with piano accompaniment. It looks like I may have an opportunity to try it after two weeks, because I’m going to a music camp and it should be possible to play with a pianist there. I’m so much looking forward to it!
What a BEAUTIFUL piece!
Seems like there should be a story behind it - is there one?
How exciting to go to a Music Summer Camp - I'm sure you'll have lots of fun.
I can remember like it was yesterday, how nervous you were, playing in front of the camera - amazing how you look like a seasoned Cellist, now!
Thank you for sharing this!
Thank you! ❤️
@ELCBK, now when you mentioned the story behind this piece... When I heard this for the first time I couldn’t listen to it without crying, it went straight to my heart. I sometimes feel very strongly the stories and emotions behind the music, and this is one of them.
I tried to find some info on this piece but couldn’t find anything. All I know is that Taneli Kuusisto is the grandfather of the violinist Pekka Kuusisto. 😊🎻
And if we talk about being in front of the camera... yes, there is a huge improvement. I’m not nervous anymore! 👍🏻😊 I’ve done quite a lot online meetings and played in Zoom with several people, and it has been a great help in getting rid of this nervousness. I really hope it also makes it easier when it’s time to step in front of a real audience one day.
You might find this 'Music Finland' website helpful.
Music Finland website says -
"Taneli Kuusisto began his career in Modernism, employing cautious Skryabin influences. He turned to a more traditional style in the 1930s, with National Romantic and Neo-Classical dimensios."
What is Skryabin?
All of Taneli Kuusisto's compositions (plus more Composers) listed at Music Finland, here!
AND, another bit of info from Malmin Seurakunta -
"The work Consolation is, as the name implies, comforting, compassionate music. Music comforts and supports, is involved in both sadness and joy, important stages of life. The power of music also lies in the fact that it is an interpreter of our common feelings and a builder of community. - Taneli Kuusisto (1905 –1988) was a composer, pianist, organist, choir director, who also did his life's work as a parish musician and music writer, as well as a journalist for YLE and a rector and teacher at the Sibelius Academy. Kuusisto also studied composition abroad, making piano pieces, solo songs, symphonic ballads, orchestral works and various chamber music. The best-known composition is the choral song Finnish Prayer (Bless and Protect Us) composed for Uuno Kaila's poem in 1939, which can also be found in the hymnbook today. The music also lives in Taneli Kuusisto's heirs. Ilkka Kuusisto, who belongs to the Kuusisto music family, is the son of Taneli Kuusisto, the grandchildren of Pekka and Jaakko Kuusisto."