In the 1970s, the repertoire for the Maj Lind Piano Competition included some contemporary Finnish works. It became a longer event and from 1973 onwards was held at three-year intervals. The orchestral finals were first held at Finlandia Hall in 1979.
The eighteenth Maj Lind Piano Competition was held on October 31–November 4, 1970. One of the elective works in the second round was a new Finnish work, the Five Bagatelles by Joonas Kokkonen (1921–1996). Kokkonen had himself been a Maj Lind competitor in the 1940s.
Please read the blog Maj Lind! on the website of the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki.