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Jean Sibelius
Author: Guy Rickards

Product Details:
ISBN: 9780714847764
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Dims: 156 x 156
Pub Date: 01-03-08
Pub Country: United Kingdom
Condition: NEW

The Finn Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) is one of the most prominent and popular composers to have emerged from Northern Europe. Although he is known primarily as a symphonist, his Violin Concerto and some smaller works such as the symphonic poem Finlandia have also become staples of the orchestral repetoire. His music is quintessentially the product of the natural landscapes (physical, ethnic, historical and political) of his native country, his inspiration frequently coming from literature, such as the Finnish epic Kalevala.Throughout his life, Sibelius oscillated between a vision of himself as a cosmopolitan figure in European music, and the nationalist tone-poet closely tied to Finland's move towards independence. His creative output reflected this dualism, between the abstract and the programmatic, the classical and the romantic, with himself as both high priest of the symphony and perpetrator of light music pot-boilers.In his homeland he attained monumental status, becoming his country's primary cultural export. For so public a figure, however, much of his life has been shrouded in mystery. Sibelius himself became increasingly selective about details of his life, not least his creative output in the last three decades, when he released very few new works.As this new study shows, Sibelius was plagued by self-doubt throughout his life and frequently sought refuge in alcohol. The long silence of his final thirty years was in reality bound up with the composition of his Eighth symphony which he ultimately destroyed. This compelling biography will appeal to a broad readership and includes much new material not previously available.

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