Friday 4.3 at 4 pm at Arkadia: In an in-between space, a concert by pianist Hanna Jokinen

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to ‘In an in-between space’, a concert by pianist Hanna Jokinen, on Friday 4.3 at 4 pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)


J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier II:
Prelude and Fugue D major

J. Haydn: Sonata c minor Hob XVI:20
Andante con moto

P. Lönnqvist:
Introduction & Nocturne

C. Debussy: Estampes:
La soirée dans Grenade
Jardins sous la pluie


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Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750) was an organist and a composer of the baroque era. He composed all composition types of his time, except opera, but during his life his music was considered old fashioned and was forgotten after his death. 100 years later his work was found again and nowadays he is one of the most played composers. His work is regarded to be the culmination of baroque composition technique and style.

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier 1 and 2 are keyboard collections, which both include a prelude and a fugue in all 24 keys, 48 preludes and fugues in total. Prelude, opening piece, is a more free piece what comes to composition technique, in turn fugue is more strict polyphonic piece, that is based on one theme appearing in different parts.

The Prelude and Fugue D-major from the second book is one of the largest pairs of the collection. The exceptionally big prelude makes it special: the fanfare like triad movements and sparkly semiquaver notes felt to me like a picture of a perfectly functioning body. The process with the prelude does have been very physical and I have had to learn natural and dance like ways of being at the keyboard. The counterpart for this rattling depiction of joy is found in the peaceful choral like fugue. The warmth in it is like the content spirit living in the healthy body.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was the first composer of the classical style, and is regarded as the developer of string quartet and symphony form as we know it today. He was known as a person of friendliness and great humour, and his piano sonatas do feel very welcoming to me.
The piano sonatas of Haydn include everything from humorous pieces to dramatic and lyrically beautiful numbers. The earlier sonatas are smaller and are also suitable for pedagogic purposes, as the style and level of difficulty develop towards the end. The Sonata c minor Hob XVI:20 is quite an early sonata, but surprisingly there is very strong expression to be found in it compared to the sonatas composed at the same time. This sonata, that was probably still mostly played with harpsichord, combines baroque gestures with greatness of almost romantic scale.
The serious Moderato, Andante con moto radiating soft light with the shimmering ornaments and fiesty Allegro form a unity that is, even among the generally great Haydn sonatas, a special pearl.

Peter Lönnqvist (1965-) a lecturer of piano at the conservatory of Lahti, a composer and an arranger. The attaca played two-part piece Introduction and nocturne is composed in 2004. My teacher Risto Kyrö heard this piece 2009 at Lönnqvists students concert, and got the sheet music for it after that.

The piece begins with a group of notes that are the base of the whole piece, its key relations and melodic material. Introduction is like a feverish phantom. Nocturno depicts a more peaceful place ruled by night, but the feeling of danger stys in the back ground throughout the piece. In the end the day is about to rise, and the notes of the beginning return, just to disappear in the emptiness after that.

C. Debussy (1862-1918) was a composer who is seen as a personification of the impressionism. His early works are still tied in the romantic heritage and major-minor tonality, but later he started using harmony more freely, without rules based on the hierarchy between the chords. He was especially a piano composer and among Estampes, other famous piano collections are for example Suite Bergamasque, Préludes 1 and 2, and the 12 etudes.

Estampes is a poetic depiction of distant lands and landscapes. Debussy did say: ”If one cannot travel, one substitutes the imagination.” The three movements of the suite are only loosely related to each other. The first one takes the listeners to the temples of Far East, and wraps them inside the sounds of bells that hum in different distances. The second movement depicts an evening in Spain: the relaxed over all atmosphere, flamenco singers and Spanish guitars, but also the sensual and more private meetings. The last movement, The gardens in the rain, was apparently inspired by a moment where visual artist Jacques-Emil Blance sketched a portrait of Debussy outdoors. It started to rain, and the trees gave Debussy’s face a greenish tinge which the rain seemed to cover as though with enamel.

I started to work on this suite while I studied in Germany, and in the strange environment it took me not only to exotic destinations, but also to my musical home: to the composer, who has walked beside me through all the years I spent with piano.

I, Hanna Jokinen (1988) returned to piano at the age of 16 after traumatic childhood experiences with the instrument. After that I studied one year at the Institute of Orivesi that led to studies at the Conservatory of Helsinki. There I was taught by Antti Hotti and graduated as a musician 2012. Now I study at the University of applied sciences with Risto Kyrö. The academic year 2014-2015 I studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig ”Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” music university in Germany, Alexander Meinel as my professor.
Piano as an instrument inspires me with its possibilities of imitation of other instruments and also everything else existing, and the different roles from the artistic freedom of choice of the solos to different chamber music groups. Especially I like to play earlier styles and French music, lied and multihanded piano music.

At the moment the year in Germany is in my memories and the graduation at Tampere in the horizon. In January I participated Pianoaura competition in Turku, and won a concert price. The concert will be held 15.3. at Villa Lande in Kemiö. In this tingling in-between space, it is amazing to play some of my favourite pieces at Arkadia International Bookshop.