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  • Kevät

    “Kevät (Spring, 2021) is a duo work that I wrote for my father in his 70th birthday. Kevät provides a rare addition to the virtually non-existing duo repertoire for english horn and cello. Some of the cello techniques I used…
  • Secular Meditation

    ”During this decade my personal interests in composing have strongly been directed towards the concepts of color, timbre and temperament. Secular Meditation (2018) is a logical continuum to this process. The main focus in composing the piece was to explore…
  • Sato

    Sato is a ten-minute long duo for decacorde (a ten-stringed guitar) and concert kantele. This piece explores the possibilities of combining micro intervals produced by the harmonic overtone series of two plucked instruments. Instrumentation for decacorde and concert kantele 2011…
  • Glass Orifice

    Glass Orifice (for two clarinets) was written for Mikko Raasakka and Gregory Barrett in 2010. Glass Orifice marked a clear stylistic change in Virtaperko’s output with its non-melodic, pointillistic and harmonically static approach. Consisting of five short movements, Glass Orifice…
  • Crimes of the Past

    Crimes of the Past is a twelve-minute duo work for alto saxophone and piano. The piece studies the possibilities of combining dodecaphonic composition techniques with the expressive possibilities of jazz. In dodecaphony, the feel of freedom and independence can be…
  • Kalkkeen meri ahtona

    Kalkkeen meri ahtona (2006) for kantele and accordion is about gradual changes of  timbre and harmony, as well as finding a balance between static and dynamic, slow and fast. Before Kalkkeen meri ahtona, Virtaperko had written solo pieces for both…