Grass is singing

19/11/2021

The idea for Grass is singing came from the most miraculous sound I have ever heard. 

photo: Minna Leinonen

For clarinet in Eb and harp (2020), arranged for flute and kantele (2022)

Duration: 6-7 minutes

Many years ago, time before smartphones, I was in a summer cottage in autumn with my friends. We went outside and heard a very strange sound coming from the soil. It was bustling, fizzing, whispering and versatile and we felt that it was moving very fast on the grass. If small gnomes would exist, it would have been them. But soon we realized that the grass was freezing.

With the help of piccolo clarinet and harp (or in the arrangement: flute and kantele) I wanted to capture the images I had from the extraordinary experience.

Grass is singing was commissioned by Fátima Boix and was composed with the help of Finnish Cultural Foundation.