Aftonbön, Op.34b No.3 (Kuula, Toivo)

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Work Title Aftonbön
Alternative Title Kun maan ja mantereen
Composer Kuula, Toivo
Opus/Catalogue Number Op.34b No.3
Key G flat major
Movements/Sections 1
Year/Date of Composition 1918
First Publication 1924 - Helsinki: Suomen Lähetysseura (anonymous arr. for mixed chous)
Librettist Paul Weber (1625-1696)
Language (German) Swedish (Finnish)
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Unison choir (congregation) with organ
Extra Information This is a psalm composed during the Finnish Civil War for a competition sponsored by Suomen Lähetysseura (Finnish Missionary Society). Kuula wrote the lyrics to a Finnish transl. by Georg Weilin (Yrjö Veijola) which in turn is based on a Swedish interpretation by Lars Stenbäck (1811-1870). The original 17th-century German text has not been found. Aftonbön was declared winner posthumously in December 1918 as the war had delayed the work of the jury and Kuula was already dead. The psalm has almost always been sung by mixed choirs (although it was not intended for that ensemble) due to first publication in an anonymous arrangement for mixed chorus in E major.
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