Sibelius

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Yale University Press, 2007 - Music - 445 pages
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Informed by a wealth of information that has come to light in recent years, this engaging biography tells the complete story of the life and musical work of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Drawing on Sibeliusís own correspondence and diaries, contemporary reviews, and the remarks of family and friends, the book presents a rich account of the events of the musicianís life. In addition, this volume is the first to set every work and performable fragment by Sibelius in its historical and musical context. Filling a significant gap, the biography also provides the first accurate information about much of the composerís early music.

Writing for the general music-lover, Andrew Barnett combines his own extensive knowledge of Sibeliusís music with the insights of other scholars and musicians. He lays to rest a number of myths and untruthsóthat Sibelius wrote no chamber music of value, for example, and that he stopped composing in 1926 and didnít need to compose to earn a living. Barnett completes the volume with the most thorough worklist available and an authoritative chronology of Sibeliusís entire output.

  

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Contents

Sibeliuss childhood and youth 18651885
1
Chamber music from Helsinki Korpo and Lovisa 18851889
15
Belin and Vienna 18891891
52
Kullervo 18921893
71
The tone painter and the poet 18941898
89
A symphony and the death of a child 18991900
123
Finlands own Beethoven the Second Symphony 19011903
143
The Violin Concerto and first years at Ainola 19041906
160
The Seventh Symphony and Tapiola 19231926
304
Life and works of the later years 19271957
324
Conclusions
352
Notes
355
Music examples
360
Catalogue of works
374
Select bibliography
419
Select discography
421

Young classicism the Third Symphony 19071909
181
The Fourth Symphony and Expressionism 19101912
203
A visit to America 19131914
228
Miniatures and the Fifth Symphony 19141919
243
The Sixth Symphony 19201923
287
Family tree
427
Map of southern Finland
428
Index
429
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Andrew Barnett is founder and chairman of the UK Sibelius Society. He lives in Brighton, England.

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