As our repertoire became progressively more complex, and the many composers who wrote for us brought their own challenges, so the palette of dynamics and expression took on an infinitely richer aspect.

Vox humana – the human voice- is naturally still limited in the physical growth phase of adolescence. But within these limits there is a fantastic range of shades and colours, not half of which have yet been explored and worked. A song does not but any means always has to be just beautiful, with an angelic sound. Children can at times let rip like little demons, as in Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Waltz of the Innocents (1973) to a text by Aaro Hellaakoski. There is good and bad in the child’s life, pretty things and ugly side by side. And both these dimensions should be able to come out in their singing.

Erkki Pohjola, light for many children choral conductors. Founder of the prestigious The Tapiola Choir from Finland. From the book Tapiola Sound (M. Tuomisto/E. Pohjola), 1992-1993, Walton Music Corporation.

Imagen tomada del libro citado, editada e intervenida a partir de original de Tuomo Manninen.