Ranta, Sulho


Sulho Ranta (1901-1960) studied composition in Helsinki with Erkki Melartin in 1921–24 and continued his studies in Berlin, Vienna, Italy and Paris. Back in Finland he was active as a theatre conductor, teacher and music critic, also writing and editing textbooks on the theory and history of music. From 1936 to 1956 he was vice-rector of the Sibelius Academy.

Ranta was an important figure in Finland’s musical scene at the dawn of Modernism. He was one of the first to introduce such trends as Impressionism, Expressionism and the use of exotic materials into Finland – in his own work he was inspired by the music of China, Japan and various Finnish regions. An example of this is the suite Three Chinese Poems Op. 53 for soprano and orchestra, set to ancient Chinese poems translated into Finnish.

Sulho Ranta’s modern sound world became more traditional towards the 1930’s. His most creative period was in the 1930s and 40s, and he is perhaps best known for his chamber pieces and orchestral songs such as Chanson monotone and Rarahu.

Chanson monotone

for high voice and orchestra


Duration: 6

Images boreales / Kainuun kuvia


for orchestra


Duration: 13

Kehtolaulu Lapista / A Lullaby from Lapland


for soprano or tenor and strings


Duration: 1

Kevään helkettä / Spring Tones


for soprano and orchestra


Duration: 5

Kolme kiinalaista runoa

Three Chinese Poems (1936)

for soprano and orchestra

2221-2210-10-hp-str 1. Silkkiviuhka (The Silk Fan) 2. Salaperäinen huilu (The Mysterious Flute) 3. Kiinalainen laulajatar (Chinese Sing-Song Girl)

Duration: 11

Laulu ulapalta / Song of the Open Sea


for soprano and orchestra


Duration: 2

Mennyt päivä / The Day is Gone


for high voice and orchestra


Duration: 3

Rarahu I

for high voice and orchestra


Duration: 3

Rarahu II

for soprano and orchestra


Duration: 6