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Sibelius’s Eighth Symphony – fact and fiction

1. Sibelius’s Eighth Symphony is probably the most talked-about symphony that no one has ever heard. The first notice of a new orchestral work after the symphonic poem Tapiola (1926) is from December 20, 1926, ‘And now I am working … Continue reading

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Sibelius och Sverige

Sibelius förhållande till Sverige var speciellt på grund av hans svenska modersmål. Han var väl förtrogen med svensk litteratur, och många av hans finaste sånger är skrivna till dikter av svenska författare. I sex sånger op. 36 (1899–1900) till exempel … Continue reading

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Jean Sibelius – tonsättare

Vilka är Sibelius mest kända verk? Förmodligen Finlandia, Valse triste och Symfoni nr. 2. Finlandia (1899/1900) hette ursprungligen ”Suomi herää” (Finland vaknar) och var sista numret i en serie av levande tablåer som illustrerade olika skeden i Finlands historia från … Continue reading

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Jean Sibelius – composer and patriot

Jean Sibelius died on 20 September 1957 at home in Järvenpää. On 29 September, his coffin was carried to the Helsinki Cathedral, and from nine o’clock in the evening until midnight, 17000 people filed past the coffin to pay their … Continue reading

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Introduction to Magnus Lindberg

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! 0. Welcome to the San Francisco Symphony’s Inside Music talks, presented an hour before each regular subscription concert. My name is Ilkka Oramo. I am an academic from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and I … Continue reading

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Armas Launis, Magnus Lindberg et la rencontre de l’autre

1. Il peut paraître étrange de parler de la musique de Magnus Lindberg dans un colloque dédié à l’œuvre d’Armas Launis, même si Launis, lui-même, s’appelait Lindberg jusqu’à l’an 1900. Le seul lien entre ces deux musiciens finlandais semble être … Continue reading

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Culture as natural resource

Arnold Schoenberg wrote in 1947: Piece after the First World War granted political independence to nations which culturally were far from ready for it. Nevertheless even small nations of six to ten million people expected to be regarded as cultural … Continue reading

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Musical Influences from across the Baltic: Finland until the 19th Century

The Baltic Sea has always been what it still is today, a fairway for goods and people. In times before the construction of railways and modern highways, the waterway was the most natural and, in fact, the only possible route … Continue reading

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