Donner, Henrik Otto


Henrik Otto Donner (1939-2013) was an all-around music personality who wrote music from pop and rock to jazz, electronic music, avant garde and contemporary classical. He also composed music for more than 50 movies and TV-series.

Donner studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and later in Vienna as a student of György Ligeti. In 1966 he was one of the founders of Love Records, a pioneering label in Finnish rock music. Henrik Otto Donner was also an influential figure in the political song movement of the 1960s and 1970s in Finland.

Fennica Gehrman publishes Donner’s chamber music and vocal works including three Körsånger collections for different choir types.


Opera in One Act (2000)

for soloists, mixed and children's chorus and orchestra

212(II+bcl)0-2211-11-gt-str Soli S-A-T-2Bar-B, children’s chorus, mixed chorus

Duration: 55

Blåsten blåser

for youth choir, children’s choir, boy soprano and orchestra

3200.sax/1321/12/recorder, synth.

Duration: 8

Castle, The

for string septet

string septet: 4vl/2vla/vc

Duration: 10

Dalens ande

The Spirit of the Valley (1986)

for big band with solo parts for bass flute, ten.sax and vocalist

for big band with solo parts for bass flute, ten.sax and vocalist

Duration: 42


Educational music for brass band

brass band

Duration: 15


Suite for Jazz Trio and String Orchestra

Trio: ten. sax, double bass, drums strings (min. 65421)

Duration: 60