Selim Palmgren has been called the "Chopin of the North." But, he has sometimes been called the "Schumann of the North" too, Schumann having been the ideal of his youth. Since Palmgren was himself an excellent pianist, it is no wonder that these little pieces dating back to the early 20th century lend themselves admirably to performance on the piano. Many of them evoke an immediate repsonse from the listener with their sensitively felt northern mood. in spite of the impressionistic lyrical style reflecting the period during which they were composed, the composer's personal idiom is at all times clearly recognizable.