The Cambridge companion to Sibelius

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Grimley, Daniel M.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Series: Cambridge companions to music.
Online Access: Online version
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Review by Choice Review

Although conductors are likely already contemplating which Sibelius works to program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death (September 2007), chamber music presenters may be less aware of Sibelius's hundred songs and nearly 200 miniatures for piano, violin and piano, and cello and piano. This book includes especially illuminating surveys of the songs (by Jeffrey Kallberg) and of the miniatures (by Veijo Murtomaki, who argues that these "experimental," "weird," and "enigmatic" works are undeservedly neglected). Other topics explored include the form and narrative of Finlandia; nationalism and the idea of originality; the influence of the Kalevala (the epic Finnish folk poem) on composers; the heroic male and the feminine "Other" in Sibelius's early tone poems and symphonies; Sibelius as a late Romantic or (modern) classicist; the genesis and revisions to the violin concerto; nature and landscape in his tone poems; and his influence on contemporary music. Certain technical points will not be fully evident, even to professional musicians, without scores and recordings in hand; lacking is a detailed list of compositions (and revision dates) to supplement the detailed chronology of Sibelius's life and career. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduates through faculty and professionals. J. Behrens The Glenn Gould School, The Royal Conservatory of Music

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