Finnish Tango – the music

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Last edition took a look at the history of Finnish tango and some of the distinguishing features of the music and dance that mark it out as a descendent of  the Northern hemisphere’s early response to tango – the Ballroom Tango. This edition will look at the music in more depth through a range of singers. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image Credits: Flag – Janne Karaste; Coat of Arms – By Vzb83 – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=560472

PLAYLIST:

  • Illan Viimeinen Tango, meaning ‘Evening Time Tango’; recorded in 1959; with music and lyrics composed by Hatara Aarne, and sung by Eino Grön.
  • Särkymeitä Toiveita, meaning ‘Arms Of Hope’; recorded in 1973; with music composed by U Mattila, and sung by Eino Grön.
  • Elsa, Kohtalon Lapsi, meaning ‘Elsa, Child of Fate’; recorded in 1967; with music composed by P Naseva (born Erik Lindström), lyrics by T Kutvonen, and sung by Martti Innanen. This song was actually released as a parody, but went on to become a bit of a hit in the tango community.
  • Kohtalon Tango, meaning ‘Tango Of Fate’; recorded in 1996; with music composed by Riku Niemi, Saukki, and Unto Mononen, and sung by Arja Koriseva.
  • Tango Pelargonia, meaning ‘Geranium Tango’; recorded in 1997; with music composed by K Kuuva, and sung by Kari Kuuva. This song was actually released as a parody, but went on to become a big hit in the tango community.
  • Unikuva; recorded in 1974; with music composed by Kullervo Linna and Kullervo, and sung by Annikki Tahti.
  • Lapin Tango, meaning ‘Tango of Lappland’; with music composed by Unto Mononen. Unknown recording date but must be before 1968, the year that Unto Mononen died; possibly around 1959, when he played guitar in his own ensemble.
  • Sirkkjen Tanssi, meaning ‘Circus Dance’; with music composed by Unto Mononen. Unknown recording date but must be before 1968, the year that Unto Mononen died; possibly around 1959, when he played guitar in his own ensemble.
  • Hiljainen Kylätie, meaning ‘Quiet Village Road’; recorded by Metro-Tytöt (the ‘Metro Girls’) in 1956; with music composed by Reino Helismaa, Toivo Kärki, Orvokki Itä, and Pedro De Punta.
  • Tähdet Meren Yllä, meaning ‘Stars Over The Sea’; recorded in 1962; with music composed by Unto Mononen, and sung by Reijo Taipale.
  • Yön Tummat Siivet, meaning ‘Dark Wings of Night’; recorded in 1966; with music composed by Unto Mononen, and sung by Reijo Taipale with Kullervo Castle’s orchestra.
  • Hopeinen Kuu, meaning ‘Silvery Moon’; recorded in 1967; with music composed by Reino Helismaa, Saukki, Jaakko Salo, Gualtiero Malgoni, Kari Tuomisaari, and Tauni Kouta, and sung by Olavi Virta.
  • Täysikuu, meaning ‘Full Moon’; recorded in 1968; with music composed by Reino Helismaa, Toivo Kärki, Orvokki Itä, and Pedro De Punta, and sung by Olavi Virta.
  • Aamunkoi, meaning ‘Aurora’; music composed by Unto Mononen; sung by Henry Theel with the Decca Orkesteri.
  • Polttava Kalpaus, meaning ‘Burning Calf’; music composed by Unto Mononen; sung by Henry Theel with the Rytmi Orkesteri.
  • Yö Ikkunan Takana, meaning ‘Night Behind The Window’; recorded by Tango Orkesteri Unto in 2010; with music composed by Unto Mononen, lyrics by Unto Mononen and Solja Tuuli, and sung by Pirjo Aittomäki.

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