Oskar Merikanto

Oskar Merikanto (pronounced [ˈoskɑr ˈmeriˌkɑnto] (listen); born Frans Oskar Ala-Kanto; 5 August 1868, Helsinki – 17 February 1924, Hausjärvi-Oitti) was a Finnish composer, music critic, pianist, and organist.

As a composer, Merikanto was primarily a miniaturist, and his extensive œuvre includes songs and piano pieces (he wrote over 100 of each). Of the latter, he is best remembered for: Summer Evening Waltz (Kesällan valssi, Op. 1), Romance (Romanssi, Op. 12), Summer Evening Idyll (Kesällan idyll, Op. 16/2), Valse lente (Op. 33), and Idyll (Op. 73/1). Merikanto also wrote three operas: The Maiden of the North (Pohjan neiti, 1898), which retains a degree of historical significance as the first opera composed to a Finnish libretto; The Death of Elina (Elinan surma, 1910); and Regina von Emmeritz (1920). However, Merikanto's operas have entered neither the domestic nor the international repertoires.

As a music critic, Merikanto was associated with the Finnish-language, liberal, nationalist newspaper Päivälehti.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 5, 1868 (Helsinki), Died February 17, 1924 (Oitti)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 43 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-4655 10-in. 7/9/1907 Tula tuulan tula tuli tei John M. Eriksen Male vocal solo, unaccompanied composer  
Victor B-9174 10-in. 7/18/1910 Soi vienosti murheeni soitto Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-9184 10-in. 7/18/1910 Itkevä huilu Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-9185 10-in. 7/18/1910 Miksi laulan Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-9186 10-in. 7/18/1910 Kun päivä paistaa Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-9198 10-in. 7/20/1910 Oi muistatko vielä sen virren Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9318 10-in. 7/21/1910 Reppurin laulu Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-17920 10-in. 6/23/1916 Pai pai paitaressu Elli Suokas Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-17921 10-in. 6/23/1916 Tuuti, mun vauvani, nukkukaa! [Baby go to sleep] Elli Suokas Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-20113 10-in. 6/13/1917 Sommarkväll Fritz Aase ; Hugo Johnson Accordion duet composer  
Victor B-23154 10-in. 9/15/1919 Lauluja Tukkijoella Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-23155 10-in. 9/15/1919 Vallinkorvan laulu Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-25874 10-in. 12/16/1921 Pai, pai, paitaressu Maikki Järnefelt-Palmgren Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-27045 10-in. 10/20/1922 A fairy story by the fire John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-35048 10-in. 3/11/1926 Där björkorna susa H. William Nordin Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-38692 10-in. 6/14/1927 Der björkarna susa Folke Andersson Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano composer  
Victor BVE-40473 10-in. 11/30/1927 Merellä Aino Saari Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-45207 10-in. 5/24/1928 Hennan keinulaulu Lilly Leeman-Lehtimäki Female vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano composer  
Victor BVE-46918 10-in. 8/20/1928 Vanha mummo Volpi Leuto Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-50920 10-in. 3/7/1929 Soipa kieli Volpi Leuto ; Margherita Violante Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-50921 10-in. 3/7/1929 Aiti ja kulkuripoika Volpi Leuto ; Margherita Violante Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-50923 10-in. 3/7/1929 Oi kiitos sa luojani armollinen Volpi Leuto ; Margherita Violante Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-58596 10-in. 2/21/1930 A fairy story by the fire John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor [Trial 1928-04-19-02] 10-in. 4/19/1928 Hennan keinulaulu Lilly Leeman-Lehtimäki Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 19157 10-in. 12/12/1910 Itkevä huilu Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo composer  
(Results 1-25 of 43 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Merikanto, Oskar," accessed April 23, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104709.

Merikanto, Oskar. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 23, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104709.

"Merikanto, Oskar." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 23 April 2024.

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