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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.

 

TEAM

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PETTERI NIEMINEN

Editor/Chairperson

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JUSSI MATTILA

Editor/Treasurer

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LINDA PENNSTRÖM

Production Secretary

Board Members 2021

Jokelainen, Ella
Kivi, Ismo

Mattila, Jussi

Nieminen, Outi

Nieminen, Petteri

Valpola, Paula

Valtola, Kati

 

97,7%

of 15 world-leading orchestras' compositions performed were composed by men (2018-2019).

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Female composers are on our list of works digitalized and edited. And there are more to come.

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Pieces have been performed this far that wouldn't have been performed without our work.

 

PRINCIPAL PARTNERS

KVAST—The Association of Swedish Women Composers (Kvinnlig anhopning av Svenska tonsättare)

DONNE—Women in Music

Other collaborators

Mikkeli Music Festival

Männistö congregation

OP Pohjois-Savo

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.

 

SUPPORTERS

Kone Foundation
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)
OP Pohjois-Savo

 

FRIENDS

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

Violinist Mirka Malmi

Conductor Henrik Schaefer, Gothenburg Opera

 

CONTACT US

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.

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Petteri Nieminen: +358 40 508 3389

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