Oskar Merikanto (1868-1924) is often referred to as the father of Finnish light music. He was in fact an astonishing musical all-rounder. He was well-known as a composer, pianist and organist, accompanist, conductor of both concerts and operas, and director of the Finnish National Opera. He won the hearts of the Finnish public with his song miniatures, which in their great popularity and familiarity have taken on the role of folksongs. One of his best known works is the Romance from opera “Pohjan neiti” (Maiden of the North). This arrangement for euphonium and wind-band is from pen of the well-known arranger, composer and multi-instrumentalist Pentti Lasanen.