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Tapio Tuomela began his career in a Neo-Classical style but then shifted towards Modernism. “Tuomela’s music is characterised by rapidly shifting, melodically and harmonically rich textures, often offset by quiet interludes,” writes Kimmo Korhonen and also mentions timbre as an important parameter. Since the 1990s, Tuomela has been finding inspiration in folk music and its forthright expression and in Lapland. For instance, he has set poetry by the late Sámi artist Nils-Aslak Valkeapää. He has also collaborated with Värttinä, the flagship of new Finnish folk music, arranging their pieces for symphony orchestra. He is known as a musician-friendly composer, his music being gratifying to perform. “For the message to be conveyed from the score to the ear of the listener, the musician must understand the work and be motivated by it,” he says.