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Salonen, Esa-Pekka

Entry updated 25 October 2021. Tagged: Music, People.

(1958-    ) Finnish classical musician and composer. Though better known as an orchestral conductor, Salonen has composed a number of sf-influenced works, amongst them ... auf den ersten blick und ohne zu wissen ... ["... at first sight and without knowing ..."] (1980) based on the work of Franz Kafka (from whose Der Prozess [1925; trans as The Trial 1937 UK] its title is quoted), and most notably Floof, Songs of a Homeostatic Homer (1982), a set of slightly frenetic leider about a robotic poet which takes passages from Stanisław Lem's Cyberiada (coll 1965) as libretto. [AR]

Esa-Pekka Salonen

born Helsinki, Finland: 30 June 1958


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