Pekka Streng (April 26, 1948 - April 11, 1975) was a Finnish musician who had a notable influence on progressive rock in Finland.
Streng died of cancer at the age of 26. During his short career he made two albums, which were published by Love Records. He wrote the songs and lyrics (in Finnish), and performed vocals and acoustic guitars on the albums.
Pekka Streng avoided publicity and only gave one interview to a music journalist during his life. Because of this, not much has been known about him as a person, which occasionally has helped form a somewhat mystified image of him.
I found a gate inside me
that was almost invisible
when I am ascending now slowly through it
I see the world in a quite different way
Oh, now I see the beautiful colors
and hear the brighter voices !
I am going away from the soundless gaves
I am leaving behind the hanging shadows
Something is radiating and glowing
underneath the cover that might be dark
when I see it, lightly
my thoughs are moving
Our colors will drift up
and they will melt together
everyone will touch each other
everyone will reach out the dawn
Finlandia, Op. 26 is a symphonic poem by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The first version was written in 1899, and it was revised in 1900. The piece was composed for the Press Celebrations of 1899, a covert protest against increasing censorship from the Russian Empire, as the last of seven pieces, each performed as an accompaniment to a tableau depicting episodes from Finnish history
Most of the piece is taken up with rousing and turbulent music, evoking the national struggle of the Finnish people. But towards the end, a calm comes over the orchestra, and the serenely melodic Finlandia Hymn is heard. Often incorrectly cited as a traditional folk melody, the Hymn section is of Sibelius' own creation.
Sibelius later reworked the Finlandia Hymn into a stand-alone piece. This hymn, with words written in 1941 by Veikko Antero Koskenniemi, is one of the most important national songs of Finland
performed by: Bounemouth Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Berglund
Yle Radion Sinfoniaorkesteri (Finnish radio symphony orchestra) conducted by Sakari Oramo October 22, 2005 NHK Hall, Tokyo
Lim Kek-tjiang conducts Evergreen Symphony Orchestra
Lordi won 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with 292 points, giving Finland its first ever victory in that contest.
"Hard Rock Hallelujah" is a song by the Finnish heavy metal band Lordi, which won the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with 292 points. It was also Finland's first placement in the top five. It was voted as the most popular Finnish Eurovision entry in the forty years the country has participated. It held the record for most points until it was beaten by "Fairytale" by Alexander Rybak of Norway with 387 points three years later.