A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

Kaija Saariaho

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May 20, 1978: Bruden, four songs for soprano, flute, alto flute, and percussion by Kaija Saariaho (25), two words of Södergran, is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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September 30, 1978: Canvas for flute by Kaija Saariaho (25) is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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June 10, 1979: Aurora for bugle, trombone, percussion, piano, and guitar by Kaija Saariaho (26) is performed for the first time, in Hämeenlinna, Finland.
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September 26, 1979: Jing for female voice and cello by Kaija Saariaho (26) is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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May 17, 1980: Preludi-Tunnustus-Postludi for soprano and prepared piano by Kaija Saariaho (27), to words of Waltari, is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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January 10, 1981: Yellows for horn and percussion by Kaija Saariaho (28) is performed for the first time, in Copenhagen.
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February 10, 1981: Study for Life for female voice and tape by Kaija Saariaho (28), to words of Eliot, is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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August 25, 1982: Vers le Blanc for tape by Kaija Saariaho (29) is performed for the first time, in Darmstadt.
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August 26, 1982: ...sah den Vögeln for soprano, flute, oboe, prepared piano, and cello by Kaija Saariaho (29) is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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October 10, 1982: Kolme preludia for soprano and organ by Kaija Saariaho (29), to words from the Bible, is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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January 1, 1983: Skotten i Helsingfors, theatre music for tape by Kaija Saariaho (30) is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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March 1, 1983: Two works by Kaija Saariaho (30) are performed for the first time, in Freiburg:  Adjö for soprano, flute, and guitar to words of Solveig von Schoultz, and Laconisme de l'aile for flute.
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June 2, 1983: Suomenkielinen sekakuorokappale for soprano, baritone, and chorus by Kaija Saariaho (30) is performed for the first time, in Tempere, Finland.
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April 10, 1984: Verblendungen for chamber orchestra and electronics by Kaija Saariaho (31) is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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September 9, 1984: Killisionen for percussions by Kaija Saariaho (31) is performed for the first time, in Linz.
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March 13, 1985: Jardin secret I for electronic sound generators by Kaija Saariaho (32) is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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April 26, 1985: Csokolom for electronics by Kaija Saariaho (32) is performed for the first time, in the Grande halle de la Villette, Paris.
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November 1, 1985: Tuija-Maija Niskanen's film Suuri illusioni, with music by Kaija Saariaho (33), is shown for the first time, in Helsinki.
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May 23, 1986: Lichtbogen for nine players by Kaija Saariaho (33) is performed for the first time, in Paris.
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July 12, 1986: Jardin secret II for harpsichord and tape by Kaija Saariaho (33) is performed for the first time, in Savonlinna, Finland.
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April 27, 1987: Io for chamber ensemble and tape by Kaija Saariaho (34) is performed for the first time, in Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris.
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May 20, 1987: Nymphea: Jardin Secret III for string quartet and electronics by Kaija Saariaho (34) is performed for the first time, in New York.
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May 29, 1987: Piipää for soprano, tenor, and electronics by Kaija Saariaho (34), to words of Tommola, is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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May 18, 1988: Petals for cello and electronics by Kaija Saariaho (35) is performed for the first time, in Bremen.
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July 6, 1988: Stilleben for tape by Kaija Saariaho (35) is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of Radio Finland.
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November 24, 1988: From the Grammar of Dreams for soprano and mezzo-soprano by Kaija Saariaho (36), to words of Plath, is performed for the first time, in Huddersfield, England.
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March 20, 1989: Grammaire des rêves for soprano, contralto, two flutes, harp, viola, and cello by Kaija Saariaho (36), to words of Eluard, is performed for the first time, in Paris.
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June 29, 1990: Fanfare for winds and percussion by Kaija Saariaho (37), is performed for the first time, in Porvoo, Finland.
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September 5, 1990: Du cristal for orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (37), is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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September 15, 1990: Two works for clarinet and cello are performed for the first time, in Warsaw:  Oi kuu by Kaija Saariaho (37), and Steamboat Bill Jr. by Magnus Lindberg (32).
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March 20, 1991: ...à la fumée for also flute, cello, and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (38) is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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May 8, 1991: Martti Jännes' film Valon ihme, with music by Kaija Saariaho (38), is shown for the first time, in Vantaa, Finland.
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May 11, 1991: Nuits, Adieux for four voices and electronics by Kaija Saariaho (38), to words of Roubaud, is performed for the first time, in Cologne.  See 20 March 1997.
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October 31, 1991: Maa for flute, percussion, harp, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, and electronics by Kaija Saariaho (39), is performed for the first time, in Helsinki for a dance by the Finnish National Ballet.
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July 23, 1992: NoaNoa for flute and electronics by Kaija Saariaho (39), is performed for the first time, in Darmstadt.
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November 11, 1992: Près for cello and electronics by Kaija Saariaho (40), is performed for the first time, in Strasbourg.
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December 8, 1992: Amers for cello and chamber ensemble by Kaija Saariaho (40), is performed for the first time, in the Barbican Centre, London.
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January 16, 1993: Caliban's Dream for baritone, clarinet, guitar, mandolin, and double bass by Kaija Saariaho (40), to words of Shakespeare, is performed for the first time, in Amsterdam.  See 27 October 1995.
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October 26, 1993: Solar for chamber ensemble by Kaija Saariaho (41), is performed for the first time, in Antwerp.
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February 16, 1994: Nocturne for violin by Kaija Saariaho (41), is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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September 24, 1994: Trois rivièresi for three percussionists by Kaija Saariaho (41), is performed for the first time, in Strasbourg.
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March 23, 1995: Folia for double bass and electronics by Kaija Saariaho (42), is performed for the first time, in Lyon.
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August 29, 1995: Graal théâtre for violin and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (42), is performed for the first time, in London.  See 14 September 1997.
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October 27, 1995: Caliban's Dream for bass, alto flute, harpsichord, and cello by Kaija Saariaho (43), to words of Shakespeare, is performed for the first time, in Paris.  See 16 January 1993.
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July 6, 1996: Die Aussicht for soprano, flute, violin, cello, and guitar by Kaija Saariaho (43), to words of Hölderlin, is performed for the first time, in Manta, Italy.  See 18 October 1998 and 9 March 2000.
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August 10, 1996: Château de l'âme, a cycle for soprano, women's voices, and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (43), to ancient Indian and Egyptian words (tr.Renou and Lexa), is performed for the first time, in Salzburg.
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October 20, 1996: Lonh for female voice and electronics by Kaija Saariaho (44), is performed for the first time, in Vienna.
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February 2, 1997: New Gates for flute, viola, and harp by Kaija Saariaho (44), is performed for the first time, in Stuttgart.
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March 20, 1997: Nuits, Adieux for four vocal soloists and chorus by Kaija Saariaho (44), is performed for the first time, in Paris.  See 11 May 1991.
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May 31, 1997: Pilvimusiikkia, an electroacoustic installation by Kaija Saariaho (44), opens at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.
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June 18, 1997: Mirrors for flute and cello by Kaija Saariaho (44), is performed for the first time, in Siegen, Germany.
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September 14, 1997: Graal Théâtre for violin and ensemble by Kaija Saariaho (44), is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.  See 29 August 1995.
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January 13, 1998: Two new works are performed for the first time, in Järvenpää, Finland: Will you answer if I call? for harpsichord and ten players by Roger Reynolds (63), and Miranda's Lament for soprano, clarinet, harp, violin, and double bass by Kaija Saariaho (45), to words of Shakespeare.
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May 11, 1998: New works for eight cellos are performed for the first time, in Beauvais:  Korót by Luciano Berio (72), Sonata à 8 by Betsy Jolas (71), and Neiges by Kaija Saariaho (45).  See 22 May 2005.
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June 25, 1998: Forty Heartbeats for chamber orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (45), is performed for the first time, in Porvoo, Finland.
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September 30, 1998: Cendres for alto flute, piano, and cello by Kaija Saariaho (45), is performed for the first time, in Essen, Germany.
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October 18, 1998: Die Aussicht for soprano, flute, cello, and piano by Kaija Saariaho (46), to words of Hölderlin, is performed for the first time, in Jakarta.  See 6 July 1996 and 9 March 2000.
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March 20, 1999: Ciel étoilé for percussion and double bass by Kaija Saariaho (46), is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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March 21, 1999: Lisa's Magic Flute for flute by Kaija Saariaho (46), is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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July 26, 1999: Couleurs du vent for alto flute by Kaija Saariaho (46), is performed for the first time, in Kuhmo, Finland.
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November 11, 1999: New works are performed for the first time, in Avery Fisher Hall, New York: Fraternité: Air pour l’orchestre by Hans Werner Henze (73), Vocalise for soprano and orchestra by John Corigliano (61), Oltra mar (Across the Sea) for chorus and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (47) to words of Maalouf and Said, and America—A Prophecy for mezzo-soprano, orchestra, and chorus ad.lib. by Thomas Adès (28) to words of Chilam Balam and Matteo Flexa.
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March 9, 2000: Three works by Kaija Saariaho (47) are performed for the first time, in Helsinki:  Unien kieliopista for two sopranos, flute, viola, cello, and harp, Miranda's Lament for soprano, flute, harp, violin, and cello to words of Shakespeare, and Die Aussicht for soprano, flute, harp, and cello, to words of Hölderlin.  See 6 July 1996 and 18 October 1998.
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August 15, 2000: L'Amour de loin, an opera by Kaija Saariaho (47) to words of Maalouf, is performed for the first time, at the Felsenreitschule, Salzburg.
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September 10, 2000: Sept Papillons for cello by Kaija Saariaho (47), is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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September 30, 2000: Ariel's Hail for soprano, flute, and harp by Kaija Saariaho (47), to words of Shakespeare, is performed for the first time, in Paris.
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March 10, 2001: Iltarukous for soprano and piano by Kaija Saariaho (48), to words of Leino, is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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May 18, 2001: Song for Betty for orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (48), is performed for the first time, in Los Angeles.
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July 19, 2001: Trois rivières delta for percussion and electronics by Kaija Saariaho (48), is performed for the first time, over the airwaves of Radio France originating in Paris.
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August 16, 2001: Nymphéa Reflection for string orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (48), is performed for the first time, in Elmshorn, Germany.
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August 30, 2001: Überzeugung for three female voices (or female chorus), crotales, violin, and cello by Kaija Saariaho (48), to words of Hölderlin, is performed for the first time, in Salzburg.
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October 12, 2001: Aile du songe for flute and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (48) is performed for the first time, in Brussels.
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September 11, 2002: Changing Light for soprano and violin by Kaija Saariaho (49) is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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October 12, 2002: Prospero's Vision for baritone, clarinet, harp, violin, and double bass by Kaija Saariaho (49), to words of Shakespeare, is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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November 7, 2002: Cinq reflets for soprano, baritone, and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (50), to words of Maalouf, is performed for the first time, in the Konserthuset, Stockholm.
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November 9, 2002: Tag des Jahrs for chorus and electronics by Kaija Saariaho (50), to words of Hölderlin, is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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January 23, 2003: Orion for orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (50) is performed for the first time, in Cleveland.
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February 5, 2003: Terrestre for flute, percussion, harp, violin, and cello by Kaija Saariaho (50) is performed for the first time, in Carnegie Hall, New York.
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April 2, 2003: Quatre Instants for soprano and piano by Kaija Saariaho (50), to words of Maalouf, is performed for the first time, in Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.  See 1 August 2003.
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August 1, 2003: Quatre Instants for soprano and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (50), to words of Maalouf, is performed for the first time, in Tammisaari, Finland.  See 2 April 2003.
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November 28, 2003: Lumen Valosta for vocal ensemble by Kaija Saariaho (51), to words of Manner, is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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April 12, 2004: Je sens un deuxième Coeur for viola, cello, and piano by Kaija Saariaho (51) is performed for the first time, in Zankel Hall, New York.
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September 1, 2004: Dolce Tormento for piccolo by Kaija Saariaho (51) is performed for the first time, in the Finnish Institute, Paris.
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January 24, 2005: Sua katselen for soprano and piano by Kaija Saariaho (52), to words of Leino, is performed for the first time, in Musashino, Japan.
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May 22, 2005: Neiges for twelve cellos by Kaija Saariaho (52) is performed for the first time, in the Philharmonie, Berlin.  See 11 May 1998.
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November 13, 2005: Ballade for piano by Kaija Saariaho (53) is performed for the first time, in Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England.
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March 16, 2006: Asteroid 4179: Toutatis for orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (53) is performed for the first time, in the Philharmonie, Berlin.
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April 3, 2006: Adriana Mater, an opera by Kaija Saariaho (53), to words of Maalouf, is performed for the first time, in the Opéra Bastille, Paris.
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June 3, 2006: Vent nocturne for viola and electronics by Kaija Saariaho (53) is performed for the first time.
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September 17, 2006: Adriana Songs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (53), to words of Maalouf, is performed for the first time, in the Alte Oper, Frankfurt.
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November 26, 2006: La Passion de Simone for soprano, chorus, and chamber orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (53), to words of Maalouf, is performed for the first time, in Vienna.
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February 22, 2007: Notes on Light for cello and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (54) is performed for the first time, in Symphony Hall, Boston.
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March 6, 2007: Étincelles for cello by Kaija Saariaho (54) is performed for the first time, in Cité de la musique, Paris.
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June 17, 2007: Terra Memoria for string quartet by Kaija Saariaho (54) is performed for the first time, in New York.
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March 13, 2008: Mirages for soprano, cello, and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (55) is performed for the first time, in Salle Pleyel, Paris.  See 25 July 2010.
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April 5, 2008: Leino Songs for soprano and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (55) is performed for the first time, in Festival Hall, Osaka.
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May 16, 2008: Echo for seven vocalists by Kaija Saariaho (55) is performed for the first time, in L'Amphitheatre Bastille, Paris.
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June 6, 2008: Nox Borealis, an installation by Kaija Saariaho (55), opens at the Institut finlandais, Paris.
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August 6, 2008: Serenatas for piano, cello, and percussion by Kaija Saariaho (55) is performed for the first time, in St. Francis Auditorium, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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August 22, 2009: Lumière et Pesanteur for orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (56) is performed for the first time, in Helsinki.
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August 28, 2009: Laterna Magica for orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (56) is performed for the first time, in the Philharmonie, Berlin.
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November 17, 2009: The Tempest Songbook for soprano, baritone, and seven players by Kaija Saariaho (57), to words of Shakespeare, is performed for the first time, in Clermont Ferrand, France.
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March 1, 2010: Émilie, an opera by Kaija Saariaho (57) to words of Maalouf after Émilie du Châtelet, is performed for the first time, in Lyon.
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July 2, 2010: Cloud Trio for violin, viola, and cello by Kaija Saariaho (57) is performed for the first time, in Båstad, Sweden.
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July 25, 2010: Mirages for soprano, cello, and piano by Kaija Saariaho (57) is performed for the first time, in Les Arcs, France.  See 13 March 2008.
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September 8, 2010: D'OM LE VRAI SENS for clarinet and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (57) is performed for the first time, in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki.
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November 26, 2010: Tocar for violin and piano by Kaija Saariaho (58) is performed for the first time, in Helsinki as part of the Jean Sibelius violin competition.
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November 30, 2011: A suite from the opera Émilie for soprano and chamber ensemble by Kaija Saariaho (59) is performed for the first time, in Carnegie Hall, New York.
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June 22, 2012: Circle Map for orchestra and electronics by Kaija Saariaho (59), to words of Rumi (tr.Moyne and Barks) is performed for the first time, in Amsterdam.
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July 28, 2012: Duft for clarinet by Kaija Saariaho (59) is performed for the first time, in Freiburg.
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October 2, 2012: Frises for violin and electronics by Kaija Saariaho (59) is performed for the first time, in Istanbul.
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February 23, 2013: Sombre for solo voice, bass flute, percussion, harp, and double bass by Kaija Saariaho (60), to words of Pound, is performed for the first time, in Rothko Chapel, Houston.
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April 7, 2014: Ciel d'hiver for orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (61) is performed for the first time, in Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.
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May 29, 2014: Maan varjot for organ and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (61) is performed for the first time, in La Maison Symphonique, Montreal.
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July 30, 2014: Light and Matter for piano, violin, and cello by Kaija Saariaho (61) is performed for the first time, at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine.
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May 14, 2015: True Fire for baritone and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (62) to various authors, is performed for the first time, in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.
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March 15, 2016: Only the Sound Remains, a combination of two operas by Kaija Saariaho (63) inspired by Noh dramas, is performed for the first time, in Amsterdam.
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May 24, 2016: New works for violin are performed for the first time, at National Sawdust, New York: Painting the Floors Blue and Sense by Kaija Saariaho (63).
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August 30, 2016: Trans for harp and orchestra by Kaija Saariaho (63) is performed for the first time, in Suntory Hall, Tokyo.
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October 7, 2016: Figura for clarinet, piano, and string quartet by Kaija Saariaho (63), is performed for the first time, in Venice.
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February 11, 2017: Light still and moving for flute and kantele by Kaija Saariaho (64) is performed for the first time, in Maison de la Radio, Paris.