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Author Goss, Glenda Dawn.

Title Sibelius : a composer's life and the awakening of Finland / Glenda Dawn Goss
Published Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 549 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents A window to the world : the autonomous grand duchy of the Russian empire. Finland's nature : Vårt land, our land ; Pillars of Finnish identity ; Nineteenth-century Finland : scènes historiques ; Imperial Helsinki ; Crosswinds ; From Russian empire to musical empire -- Herää Suomi! = Awake Finland! Finland from afar ; Young Finland and the Carelian call to arms ; Science, art, and symbolism ; Of sagas and springtime ; Aphrodite and the national project ; National aspirations and symbolist angst ; The politics of the theatrical ; From Russia but not with love ; The Finnish resistance ; A new millennium : Helsinki, Paris, the world! ; Italian classicism and Finnish nationalism ; Country living and the Finnish national movement ; 1905 : the crucial hour -- Taide kuuluu kaikille = Art belongs to all. Connections east and west ; Proletarians versus bourgeoisie ; Turning points ; Onward, ye powerful people! ; The militaristic state ; Might makes right : the 1930s ; The close
Summary One of the twentieth century's greatest composers, Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) virtually stopped writing music during the last thirty years of his life. Recasting his mysterious musical silence and his undeniably influential life against the backdrop of Finland's national awakening, Sibelius will be the definitive biography of this creative legend for many years to come. Glenda Dawn Goss begins her sweeping narrative in the Finland of Sibelius's youth, which remained under Russian control for the first five decades of his life. Focusing on previously unexamined events, Goss explores the composer
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 499-516) and index
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Subject Sibelius, Jean, 1865-1957 -- Appreciation -- Finland.
Nationalism -- Finland -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009013833
ISBN 0226304795 (electronic bk. ; Adobe Digital Editions)
9780226304793 (electronic bk. ; Adobe Digital Editions)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)