Monday, October 15, 2012

Birth Centenary of Toivo Timoteus Kuula 7.7.1983

Toivo Timoteus Kuula (7 July 1883 – 18 May 1918)  was a Finnish conductor and composer. He was born in the city of Vaasa, when Finland still was a Grand Duchy under Russian rule. He is known as a colourful and passionate portrayer of Finnish nature and people.In 1909, Kuula became Jean Sibelius's first composition student. He is best remembered for his large output of melodic choir and vocal works. His instrumental works include two Ostrobothnian Suites for orchestra, a violin sonata, a piano trio, and an unfinished Symphony. Kuula's major choral work is the Stabat Mater, which remained unfinished at the time of his death. He also wrote a few dozen highly artistic piano works.
A Swedish critic once said that Kuula's music reaches parts of the human spirit where one is forced to deep examination of one's self.
Kuula was known to be a fierce Fennoman. He died in the provincial hospital in Voopuri in 1918 after being mortally wounded 18 days earlier on Walpurgis Night by a bullet fired by a Jager. The bullet was fired as a result of a quarrel that happened at the Hotel Seurahuone in conjunction with the first victory celebration of the White victory in the Civil War of Finland. Kuula is buried in Hietaniemi cemetery, Helsinki. 

Pia gave me this FDC issued to commemorate the 100th Birth Anniversary of this well known musician on 7.7.1983.

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