• Outi Tarkiainen
  • They Walked Side by Side (2018)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)
  • S.vn
  • 7 min
    • 2nd November 2021, Merkurius Hall, Oulainen, Finland
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Programme Note

Soai vácciiga buohtalaga (They walked side-by-side) is a condensed version of the epilogue to my large-scale song cycle The Earth, Spring’s Daughter. The words are from the poem of the same name by the Sámi poet Rauni Magga Lukkari impressively describing the sometimes even supernatural communion that exists between mothers and daughters. At first, the music seems to flow of its own accord – as if it has always done so – and voice and violin walk side by side as equals throughout the piece. It may, in the space that forms around them, be possible to sense the tacit knowledge, mind space and most fragile inner voices of the foremothers.

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