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Title Jean Sibelius and his world / edited by Daniel M. Grimley
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 370 pages) : illustrations, music
Series A Princeton University e-book
Contents Sibelius, Finland, and the idea of landscape / Daniel M. Grimley -- Part I: Essays. Sibelius and the Russian traditions / Philip Ross Bullock ; From heaven's floor to the composer's desk: Sibelius's musical manuscripts and compositional process / Timo Virtanen ; Theatrical Sibelius: the melodramatic lizard / Jeffrey Kallberg ; The wings of a butterfly: Sibelius and the problems of musical modernity / Tomi Mäkelä ; "Thor's hammer": Sibelius and British music critics, 1905-1957 / Byron Adams ; Jean Sibelius and his American connections / Glenda Dawn Goss ; Art and the ideology of nature: Sibelius, Hamsun, Adorno / Max Paddison ; Storms, symphonies, silence: Sibelius's Tempest music and the invention of late style / Daniel M. Grimley ; Waving from the periphery: Sibelius, Aalto, and the Finnish pavilions / Sarah Menin ; Old masters: Jean Sibelius and Richard Strauss in the twentieth century / Leon Botstein -- Part II: Documents. Selections from Adolf Paul's A book about a human being / translated by Annika Lindskog, introduced by Daniel M. Grimley ; Some viewpoints concerning folk music and its influence on the musical arts / Jean Sibelius, translated from the Swedish by Margareta Martin, introduced by Daniel M. Grimley ; Adorno on Sibelius / translated bu Susan H. Gillespie, introduced by Daniel M. Grimley ; Monumentalizing Sibelius: Eila Hiltunen and the Sibelius memorial controversy / introduced and translated by Daniel M. Grimley
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 and 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 improved 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
Notes "The Bard Music Festival"--Back cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Sibelius, Jean, 1865-1957 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Grimley, Daniel M.
ISBN 128315255X
1400840201 (electronic bk.)
9781400840205 (electronic bk.)