For string orchestra


18 min.


Strings or


Commissioned by
The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the City of Kokkola


Premiere by
The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Janne Nisonen
Sep 5 2020
Kokkola, Finland

The piece is inspired by film music, films and the fundamental role strings have played in the history of cinema.

I wanted to explore the idea of cinematic storytelling through music and embrace the emotional expressiveness of a string orchestra. Strings are so evocative – they can be warm, passionate, furious, lyrical, joyful, rough, sweet, bittersweet, epic, euphoric, romantic, mysterious. In Cinema, I aimed to utilise and highlight this great complexity of emotion provided by strings.

I played around with characters and gestures as well as textures and harmonies often associated with film music, combining them with my own musical language.

Furthermore, I approached the dramaturgy of the piece as if it was a plot of a movie, the different scenes following each other advancing the story further.

Loosely inspired by the typical three-act-structure of cinema, the piece includes elements such as introduction, rising action, plot twists, climax and resolution. The piece ends in a separate epilogue, leaving the door open.

Past performances

Sep 5 2020
The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Janne Nisonen
Snellman Hall, Kokkola, Finland

Sheet Music

Schott Music
Schott Music GmbH & Co. KG
Weihergarten 5
55116 Mainz
+49 6131 246-0


The premiere of Cinema, performed by The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Janne Nisonen: