The earliest works by Kai Nieminen date from the 1970s. Not surprisingly, considering his guitarist background, he first made news as a composer with extremely playable works for that instrument (such as Night Sonata(s) 1976-2006, Acquarelli della notte 1981, Homenaje a Andres Segovia 1993 and Riflessioni sul nome Amedeo Modigliani 2011), but he has, from the very beginning, also composed chamber music. His output of vocal music has, on the other hand, been relatively slight..
Then in 1995 came Nieminen’s first work for orchestra, Vicoli in ombra. It gave him a considerable boost in his career and marked the dawn of a new era in his production in that orchestral works and concertos have since become his primary genres. Subsequent additions have included Time around Spring (1997), Le citta invisibili (1998), Chi Vivra Vedra (1998/2000), Time around Lights, Shadows and Spaces (1999), Il castello dei destini incrociati (2000), In Mirrors of Time… (2000/07) and In Woodlands of the Birds (2002).
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