Taivaanranta is a Finnish word that means "horizon," but the literal translation amounts to "shore of the sky." This piece has three major sections. The first section is slow and dark, and much of the material consists of contrapuntal lines fading in and out of each other. The second large section immediately moves to a noticeably faster tempo, and has a lighthearted atmosphere that becomes increasingly agitated, building up to a large climax. Finally, the third section is significantly calmer than the second section and consists of melodic lines that seem to move around each other in an almost circular manner over a quieter, more subdued background.