SAVO MUSIC SOCIETY
We make forgotten voices hidden in archives heard again
Savo Music Society was founded in 2018. The society is a non-profit organization that searches, studies digitalizes and edits orchestral music by forgotten composers, especially women. Although women composed a great amount of orchestral works in the 19th and 20th centuries, these are mostly preserved as manuscripts that cannot be performed without editing. We concentrate especially on Scandinavian composers between 1860-1970. For the most part, the manuscripts are in the public domain but, in some cases, we have made a contract with the composer's estate.
Of this material, we examine and transcribe works principally for orchestra and/or chorus but can also take on orders for chamber music, etc., at request. Our editing process includes initial digitalization, several rounds of corrections, preparing the layout and trying out the work in concerts. We gather an orchestra or an ensemble of professional musicians to rehearse the work for a test performance to assess if the edition contains any practical or typographical issues. In this manner they can be dealt with before distributing the edition to a wider audience. Our partners in this work have been, among others, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Saimaa Sinfonietta, Wegelius Chamber Orchestra, and conductors Gustav Johansson, Erkki Lasonpalo, Emilia Hoving and Hannu Lintu, as well as soloists Stefan Lindgren, Mirka Viitala and Mirka Malmi.
Board Members 2023
of 15 world-leading orchestras' compositions performed were composed by men (2018-2019).
Female composers are on our list of works digitalized and edited. And there are more to come.
Pieces have been performed this far that wouldn't have been performed without our work.
KVAST—The Association of Swedish Women Composers (Kvinnlig anhopning av Svenska tonsättare)
The Society cooperates with these organizations to spread information and material about Nordic female composers and to distribute material digitalized by the Society to international orchestras and institutions.
Suomen Kulttuurirahasto (The Finnish Cultural Foundation)
Pohjois-Savon rahasto (The Finnish Cultural Foundation, North Savo Regional Found)
Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland (Svenska kulturfonden)
Oskar Öflund Foundation
MES (the Finnisch Music Foundation)
TAIKE (Arts Promotion Centre Finland)
Kuopion kaupunki (Kuopio city)
Stefan Lindgren, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Prof. emerita Eva Öhrström, Royal College of Music, Stockholm
The estate of composer Helvi Leiviskä
The estate of composer Ailsa Dixon
Conductor Henrik Schaefer, Gothenburg Opera
We are always prepared to cooperate with organizations and people who are interested in our mission and our work. Don't hesitate to contact us.
Petteri Nieminen: +358 40 508 3389