The Cambridge Companion to Sibelius

The Cambridge Companion to Sibelius

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Jean Sibelius has gradually emerged as one of the most striking and influential figures in twentieth-century music, yet his work is only just beginning to receive the critical attention that its importance deserves. This Companion provides an accessible and vivid account of Sibelius's work in its historical and cultural context. Leading international scholars, from Finland, the United States and the UK, examine Sibelius's music from a range of critical perspectives, including nationalism, eroticism and the exotic, music and landscape, reception and musical influence. There are also chapters on recording and interpretation that offer fascinating insights into the performance of Sibelius's work. The book includes much material, drawing on scholarship, as well as providing a comprehensive introduction to Sibelius's major musical more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 3 b/w illus. 57 music examples
  • 1139000934
  • 9781139000932

Table of contents

Introduction Daniel M. Grimley; Part I. Forging a Voice: Perspectives on Sibelius Biography: 1. The national nomposer and the idea of Finnishness Matti Huttunen; 2. Vienna and the genesis of Jean Sibelius's Kullervo: 'Durchfuhrung zum Teufel!' Glenda Dawn Goss; Part II. Musical Works: 3. The early symphonies: pastoral idylls, erotic anxieties and heroic subjectivities Stephen Downes; 4. The genesis of the violin concerto Jukka Tiilikainen; 5. The later symphonies Arnold Whittall; 6. 'Finlandia Awakens!': Sibelius and Finlandia James Hepokoski; 7. The tone poems: genre, landscape and structural perspective Daniel M. Grimley; 8. Finnish Modern: love, sex, and style in Sibelius's songs Jeffrey Kallberg; 9. Sibelius the miniaturist Veijo Murtomaki; Part III. Influence and Reception: 10. The Finnish legacy: sub umbra Sibelii Ilkka Oramo; 11. Sibelius in Germany: Wahrhaftigkeit beyond Allnatur Tomi Makela; 12. Sibelius in Britain Peter Franklin; 13. Sibelius and contemporary music Julian Anderson; Part IV. Interpreting Sibelius: 14. Different kinds of fidelity: interpreting Sibelius on record Bethany Lowe; 15. Interpreting Sibelius Sir Colin Davis and Osmo Vanska in conversation with Daniel M. Grimley Sir Colin Davis, Osmo Vanska and Daniel M. more

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'There are so many points of interest between these covers ... this is essential reading for Sibelians, a magnificent and illuminating volume - and congratulations are in order on the elegant appearance of the volume and its eminently moderate price.' International Record Review 'This superb, immaculately produced Cambridge Companion, with dozens of music examples, is among the best in the series and may be confidently recommended as essential reading.' Classical Music '... a series of first-class essays on an admirably wide range of topics ... for Sibelius buffs it's absolutely fascinating: packed with new ways of looking at things, and containing a fair few surprises.' The Musical Times 'Books on Sibelius appear infrequently, so a substantial academic study of this kind - 15 essays by various different writers on various aspects of the composer's work - is particularly welcome. This superb, immaculately produced Cambridge Companion, with dozens of music examples, is among the best in the series and may be confidently recommended as essential reading.' Classical Music 'A serious yet largely accessible collection, it has no airs and graces ... Plenty to inform, enthuse and stimulate. Well structured and user-friendly.' Music Web Internationalshow more

About Daniel M. Grimley

Daniel Grimley is a Lecturer in music at the University of Nottingham. He is coeditor of The Cambridge Companion to Elgar (forthcoming), and has written articles on the music of Carl Nielsen in Music Analysis and The Musical Quarterly. Current projects include books on Grieg and on landscape in Nordic Music, more

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