Now this is both curiosity and tragedy.
Suolahti was a promising young composer from Finland, who created a most enjoyable late-romantic symphony somewhere in the vicinity of Sibelius, yet totally original at the age of 15. With 16 he died.
Two years later his symphony was performed in Finland, where Sibelius heard it with utmost excitement. When he asked who the composer was and where one could congratulate him for such an early masterpiece, he was told that Suolahti was already two years dead. It must have been a scene of melancholy serenity, when Sibelius visited the dead musicians mother to tell her, that he had seldomly heard something as beautiful as the “Sinfonia piccola”.
After all one can read on the net, the symphony is sometimes performed in Finland, very rarely in the United States, where it was also originally published, and never everywhere else. It is momentarily one of these pieces that school and youth orchestras play to please the sense of curiosity or national pride of their audience. We can hear this rare gem in such a performance on youtube, luckily. But it deserves the great concert halls, next to Grieg, Nielsen or Sibelius.
Note: If there is a recording of this work to be found in Finland, and you should be Finish, please contact us, so that we could acquire it!!