Erkki Melartin (1875-1937) was a Finnish composer. As well as composing, Melartin also taught and directed music at the Helsinki Music College, later the Helsinki Conservatory. As conductor of the Vyborg Orchestra in 1908–11, and despite chronic health problems, Melartin toured extensively (as far as North Africa and India), conducting the first performance of Gustav Mahler’s music in Scandinavia.

Although Melartin was chiefly a lyricist, the symphony was central to his musical output. He wrote eight symphonies (1902–1924) and was the first Finnish composer to bear Mahler’s influence. His musical output also includes an opera, “Aino” (based on the character from the Finnish national epic), a violin concerto, four string quartets, music for organ and many piano pieces. His works therefore are divided mainly into large-scale works for orchestra, and chamber pieces for much smaller groups and soloists. In spite of working in the same time period as Jean Sibelius, he was not influenced by the more famous composer’s style, and subsequently his work has been largely overshadowed by Finland’s most revered composer.

Festliches Präludium is an organ work transcribed for fanfare band.

Demo score: → Festliches Präludium

Publisher: Janssen Music

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