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Jean Sibelius and His World.

By: Grimley, Daniel M.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.The Bard Music Festival: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2011Description: 1 online resource (383 p.).ISBN: 9781400840205.Subject(s): Composers - Finland | Sibelius, Jean - Criticism and interpretation | Sibelius, Jean, 1865-1957 -- Criticism and interpretation -- Congresses | Sibelius, Jean, 1865-1957 -- Influence -- Congresses | Sibelius, Jean, 1865-1957Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Jean Sibelius and His WorldDDC classification: 780.92 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments and Permissions; Sibelius, Finland, and the Idea of Landscape; PART I: ESSAYS; Sibelius and the Russian Traditions; From Heaven's Floor to the Composer's Desk: Sibelius's Musical Manuscripts and Compositional Process; Theatrical Sibelius: The Melodramatic Lizard; The Wings of a Butterfly: Sibelius and the Problems of Musical Modernity; "Thor's Hammer": Sibelius and British Music Critics, 1905-1957; Jean Sibelius and His American Connections; Art and the Ideology of Nature: Sibelius, Hamsun, Adorno
Storms, Symphonies, Silence: Sibelius's Tempest Music and the Invention of Late StyleWaving from the Periphery: Sibelius, Aalto, and the Finnish Pavilions; Old Masters: Jean Sibelius and Richard Strauss in the Twentieth Century; PART II: DOCUMENTS; Selections from Adolf Paul's A Book About a Human Being; Some Viewpoints Concerning Folk Music and Its Influence on the Musical Arts; Selection from Erik Furuhjelm's Jean Sibelius: A Survey of His Life and Music; Adorno on Sibelius; Monumentalizing Sibelius: Eila Hiltunen and the Sibelius Memorial Controversy; Index; Index to Sibelius's Works
Name and Subject IndexNotes on the Contributors
Summary: Perhaps no twentieth-century composer has provoked a more varied reaction among the music-loving public than Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Originally hailed as a new Beethoven by much of the Anglo-Saxon world, he was also widely disparaged by critics more receptive to newer trends in music. At the height of his popular appeal, he was revered as the embodiment of Finnish nationalism and the apostle of a new musical naturalism. Yet he seemingly chose that moment to stop composing altogether, despite living for three more decades. Providing wide cultural contexts, contesting received ideas about modernism, and interrogating notions of landscape and nature, Jean Sibelius and His World sheds new light on the critical position occupied by Sibelius in the Western musical tradition. The essays in the book explore such varied themes as the impact of Russian musical traditions on Sibelius, his compositional process, Sibelius and the theater, his understanding of music as a fluid and improvised creation, his critical reception in Great Britain and America, his "late style" in the incidental music for The Tempest, and the parallel contemporary careers of Sibelius and Richard Strauss. Documents include the draft of Sibelius's 1896 lecture on folk music, selections from a roman à clef about his student circle in Berlin at the turn of the century, Theodor Adorno's brief but controversial tirade against the composer, and the newspaper debates about the Sibelius monument unveiled in Helsinki a decade after the composer's death. The contributors are Byron Adams, Leon Botstein, Philip Ross Bullock, Glenda Dawn Goss, Daniel Grimley, Jeffrey Kallberg, Tomi Mäkelä, Sarah Menin, Max Paddison, and Timo Virtanen.
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Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments and Permissions; Sibelius, Finland, and the Idea of Landscape; PART I: ESSAYS; Sibelius and the Russian Traditions; From Heaven's Floor to the Composer's Desk: Sibelius's Musical Manuscripts and Compositional Process; Theatrical Sibelius: The Melodramatic Lizard; The Wings of a Butterfly: Sibelius and the Problems of Musical Modernity; "Thor's Hammer": Sibelius and British Music Critics, 1905-1957; Jean Sibelius and His American Connections; Art and the Ideology of Nature: Sibelius, Hamsun, Adorno

Storms, Symphonies, Silence: Sibelius's Tempest Music and the Invention of Late StyleWaving from the Periphery: Sibelius, Aalto, and the Finnish Pavilions; Old Masters: Jean Sibelius and Richard Strauss in the Twentieth Century; PART II: DOCUMENTS; Selections from Adolf Paul's A Book About a Human Being; Some Viewpoints Concerning Folk Music and Its Influence on the Musical Arts; Selection from Erik Furuhjelm's Jean Sibelius: A Survey of His Life and Music; Adorno on Sibelius; Monumentalizing Sibelius: Eila Hiltunen and the Sibelius Memorial Controversy; Index; Index to Sibelius's Works

Name and Subject IndexNotes on the Contributors

Perhaps no twentieth-century composer has provoked a more varied reaction among the music-loving public than Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Originally hailed as a new Beethoven by much of the Anglo-Saxon world, he was also widely disparaged by critics more receptive to newer trends in music. At the height of his popular appeal, he was revered as the embodiment of Finnish nationalism and the apostle of a new musical naturalism. Yet he seemingly chose that moment to stop composing altogether, despite living for three more decades. Providing wide cultural contexts, contesting received ideas about modernism, and interrogating notions of landscape and nature, Jean Sibelius and His World sheds new light on the critical position occupied by Sibelius in the Western musical tradition. The essays in the book explore such varied themes as the impact of Russian musical traditions on Sibelius, his compositional process, Sibelius and the theater, his understanding of music as a fluid and improvised creation, his critical reception in Great Britain and America, his "late style" in the incidental music for The Tempest, and the parallel contemporary careers of Sibelius and Richard Strauss. Documents include the draft of Sibelius's 1896 lecture on folk music, selections from a roman à clef about his student circle in Berlin at the turn of the century, Theodor Adorno's brief but controversial tirade against the composer, and the newspaper debates about the Sibelius monument unveiled in Helsinki a decade after the composer's death. The contributors are Byron Adams, Leon Botstein, Philip Ross Bullock, Glenda Dawn Goss, Daniel Grimley, Jeffrey Kallberg, Tomi Mäkelä, Sarah Menin, Max Paddison, and Timo Virtanen.

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As this collection shows, there is a resurgence of interest in the music of Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). The essays in part 1 expand the usual description of Sibelius as a Finnish nationalist and a composer of landscapes. Most of the contributors are well-known international scholars, but not all usually write about Sibelius, for example, Jeffrey Kallberg and Leon Botstein. Glenda Goss's essay, "Jean Sibelius and His American Connections," is primarily biographical. Philip Bullock's "Sibelius and the Russian Traditions" explores Sibelius's debt to Russian music; Grimley's "Storms, Symphonies, Silence" is about the late style; and Tomi Makela's "The Wings of a Butterfly" addresses progressive elements. Two essays deal primarily with architecture and Sibelius. The essays have only Sibelius as a common theme, and some are far superior to others: Max Paddison's essay, directly related to Theodor Adorno's translated critique, stands out as the strongest in the collection. Part 2 offers a series of "documents": a lecture by Sibelius and various previously written, here translated, segments about Sibelius. Though Grimley provides an introduction for each of these "documents," they do not form a coherent group. Still, the book is full of useful information. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty/professionals. C. Cai emerita, Kenyon College

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Daniel M. Grimley is university lecturer in music at the University of Oxford, tutorial fellow of Merton College, and senior lecturer in music at University College. He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Sibelius and the author of Grieg and Carl Nielsen and the Idea of Modernism .

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