Dating back to the 1920s, tango has been hugely popular in Finland—not simply as a quirky cultural import, but as a style that songwriters have embraced and made their own. Here, Kaija Saariaho—holder of the 2011–2012 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair—reveals that, unlike its Argentinian progenitor, themes of lost love and nostalgia pervade Finnish tango.
December 1, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Finnish Tango: A Journey to the Fairy Tale Land
Kaija Saariaho: The 2011—2012 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair
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