Maria Ojantakanen 2019

WORKSHOP with Maria Ojantakanen: Piae cantiones

The Finnish song collection Piae Cantiones was published in 1582 and has since played an important part in the Finnish national identity and has inspired composers from Preætorius to John Rutter and Mike Oldfield. A significant part of the English Christmas Carols also consist of tunes from Piae Cantiones.  

As the collection was compiled in order to document the catholic song tradition, the songs have roots all over Europe, some as far back as the 10th and 11th Century. This makes it unique, not only as a song collection but also as an interpretational and performative opportunity of 1000 years.  

The workshop will present a number of songs, as well as suggest material for further self-study. All instruments and levels are welcome.