Duration: 30 min
“Compositions are my children. They just grow up faster.”
Kaija Saariaho is the most internationally recognized Finnish modern composer. Her compositions are performed worldwide all the time. During the filming of this portrait Saariaho is in her early sixties, and she ponders upon her life on the couches of her Paris and Helsinki homes.
How did the sound sensitive and shy child grow up to be a successful composer? Notes on Saariaho shows us an honest and straight-forward woman, who needs light to compose and thinks listening to her own works is awkward.
We meet her family, which has always been a natural partner in her work. With her husband, the composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière, the work and marriage intertwine. They also collaborate with their grown-up children, Aleksi and Aliisa. The children are both working and studying elsewhere, but now they have all gathered to spend Christmas in Finland.