Tauno Pylkkänen

Born 22 March 1918. Died 13 March 1980
Tauno Pylkkänen
Tauno Pylkkänen

Tauno Pylkkänen Biography (Wikipedia)

Tauno Kullervo Pylkkänen (March 22, 1918, Helsinki – March 13, 1980, Helsinki) was a Finnish composer.

Pylkkänen was a student of Leevi Madetoja and Selim Palmgren, and studied at the Helsinki Conservatory, then in Paris, Rome, and Vienna. He made his breakthrough as a composer with the opera Mare ja hänen poikansa (1943) after Aino Kallas, which was premiered in the Finnish Opera in 1945. It was followed by ten more operas, including the internationally successful Sudenmorsian (1950). From 1960 to 1967 he was artistic director of the Finnish Opera.

In addition to the operas he composed a symphony, a symphonic fantasy, six symphonic poems, a cello concerto, chamber music works, a cantata, film music, a choir cycle for women's voices, songs and two song cycles.

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