Sibelius: A Composer's Life and the Awakening of Finland

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University of Chicago Press, 15 dic. 2009 - 496 páginas
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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’s formative experiences as a Russian subject and a member of the Swedish-speaking Finnish minority. She goes on to trace Sibelius’s relationships with his creative contemporaries, with whom he worked to usher in a golden age of music and art that would endow Finns with a sense of pride in their heritage and encourage their hopes for the possibilities of nationhood. Skillfully evoking this artistic climate—in which Sibelius emerged as a leader—Goss creates a dazzling portrait of the painting, sculpture, literature, and music it inspired. To solve the deepest riddles of Sibelius’s life, work, and enigmatic silence, Goss contends, we must understand the awakening in which he played so great a role.

Situating this national creative tide in the context of Nordic and European cultural currents, Sibelius dramatically deepens our knowledge of a misunderstood musical giant and an important chapter in the intellectual history of Europe.

 

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An outstanding book with a somewhat different approach compared with other Sibelius biographies, placing his life and works in their true historical context. Scholarly but also highly accessible, recommended to anyone who cares about Sibelius, Finland and Nordic history. Leer reseña completa

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Newly available primary-source documents and other materials related to Jean Sibelius have spawned a host of new research into the composer and his work; Andrew Barnett's Sibelius is a good companion ... Leer reseña completa

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PART I I
113
PART I I I
321
Notes
445
Bibliography
499
Index
517
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Sobre el autor (2009)

Glenda Dawn Goss is the former editor in chief of the Jean Sibelius Critical Edition and teaches at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

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