Torstainen (Finnish for ‘Thursdaily’) had a spontaneous and somewhat untypical beginning: During 2021 I had ideas of piano miniatures, quick and clear, one idea, write it down without too much reflection. After a while I realised that these ideas often took place on Thursdays. It was altogether very likely, I haven’t composed much for piano, I seldom compose without a clear deadline and Thursdays seem to be so ambiguous and lack any clear personality.

But somehow this spontaniety became the heart of the piece. Clear ideas that last for one day and then disappear. With a similar spontaneity Fidan Aghayeva-Edler asked for a new piece to be premiered at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse 2021. In the final form, we never hear all the miniatures. Instead, parts of them a chosen with a system that combines aleatory and structuralism. Now the clear, and somehow naïve obvious character of the miniatures makes sense: we never hear them as a full, but only as short sections, repetitions and memories.

Fidan Aghayeva-Edler’s personal web page

Other projects:


A song cycle for vocal students in early stages of their studies

Voice is Voices

a sound and video installation for four coloratura sopranos about voices and identities


a funny multidisciplinary music theatre piece about the tomatoes as emancipation for voice, piano and video