Vallilan rapsodia is a five-movement song cycle for soprano and piano.
From 2018 to 2020, I lived in an apartment in Vallila with a direct view of the Vallila library designed by Juha Leiviskä. Since poet Viljo Kajava used to live in Vallila and wrote an abundance of poems about the neighborhood, the library has made him a kind of a flagship author. While living and moving about in the area, I got interested in Kajava’s bibliography and developed a made-up nostalgia for his Vallila that hasn’t existed in decades. I set five poems from the collection Vallilan rapsodia into songs for soprano and piano. In my mind, the sounds of the song cycle are linked to springtime with its unpredictable changes in weather, atmosphere and mood.
Vallilan rapsodia - I: Kello seitsemän
Vallilan rapsodia - II: Mäkelänkadun vaiheilta
Vallilan rapsodia - III: Pyyntö
Vallilan rapsodia - IV: Yölliset vankkurit
Vallilan rapsodia - V: Romantiikka