Raitio, Väinö

(b Sortavala, April 15, 1891; d Helsinki, Sept 10, 1945). Finnish composer. He studied at the Helsinki Conservatory (1911–16), in Moscow (1916–17), in Berlin (1921) and in Paris (1925–6). After a period of teaching at the Viipuri Music Institute (1926–32) he lived as a freelance composer in difficult circumstances. With Pingoud and Aarre Merikanto, Raitio was responsible in the 1920s for introducing the first period of chromatic but not serial modernism in Finnish music. 

About Ilkka Oramo

Professor of Music Theory, emeritus
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