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Composers –> Räihälä, Osmo Tapio

Mostly autodidact as a composer, Osmo Tapio Räihälä studied for a couple of years under Harri Vuori during the early 1990's. In the meantime he took BA in musicology, and besides his compositional work, he has worked as a music journalist, producer and orchestra manager. In Finland, he is a well-known voice and a face in the classical music programmes on the radio and the TV.

Räihälä's early works are stylistically varied. He builds his works on fluently progressing musical processes. Some of his works are inspired by the Liverpudlian football team Everton, whom he is known to be supporter

of. Some of Räihälä's postmodern works contain short quotations from prog rock and jazz. His music is definitely atonal, but due to the rich use of whole step scales there is often a feel of consonance. In some of his works there are also some theatrical elements.

Räihälä's oeuvre comprises almost exclusively instrumental music. Most

works are chamber music, but his orchestral works and concertos (for mallet

instruments, the viola and the cello) form an important line in his output

as well, as well as Rock Painting and Suprematisse, both for a large chamber ensemble, and the symphonic poem Ardbeg—The Ultimate Piece for Orchestra.



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Published works

Levels of Difficulty:


Six Newest Pieces

violin solo

(co-composer: Fagerudd, Markus)

Dorean Dumble Dorean



2 violins

Spinoza’s Web

clarinet, horn, violin


flute, oboe, clarinet, violin

String Quartet 2 ”Jobimaõ”

2 violins, viola, violoncello


accordion, 2 violins, viola, violoncello

Gentle Giant

kantele, vibraphone

Värikallio (Rock Painting)

chamber ensemble


chamber ensemble

Concerto for Mallet Instruments and Orchestra

Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra

Ardbeg–the Ultimate Piece for Orchestra

Photo: Markku Pihlaja