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Sibelius in the Old and New World

Aspects of His Music, Its Interpretation, and Reception


Timothy L. Jackson, Veijo Murtomäki, Colin Davis and Timo Virtanen

The book contains twenty-two essays on Sibelius, written by scholars from seven countries across the Atlantic. Most of the articles were originally papers read at the Fourth International Jean Sibelius Conference, held in January 2005 at the University of North Texas, in Denton. The book is divided into four sections: Historical and Cultural Studies, Analytical Studies, Source Studies, Reception and Interpretation. The chapters in this book reflect, in their contents and standpoints, the different musicological and music analytical trends current in Europe and the North America; they thereby offer a compelling cross-section of the manifold approaches to Sibelius studies.
Contents: Gustav Djupsjöbacka: Sibelius and His Poets – Folke Gräsbeck: Jean Sibelius: The Five Complete Piano Trios – Suvi Gräsbeck. Jean Sibelius: Works for kantele – Michael S. Holmes: Jean Sibelius’s Works for torviseitsikko and the Brass Septet Tradition in Finland – Barbara Hong: The Friends of Lesko, the Dog: Sibelius, Busoni, Armas and Eero Järnefelt, Adolf Paul – Timothy Jackson: Sibelius the Political – Nors S. Josephson: Sibelius and Modern Music – Jorma Daniel Lünenbürger: Sibelius’s Berlin Period and the G minor Piano Quintet – Frederick Key Smith: Sibelius and the Influence of Classical Mythology – Hermine Weigel Williams: George (Yrjö) Sjöblom: Jean Sibelius’s Link with America – Les Black: Symmetry as Modal Abstraction: The Evolving Language of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto – Edward Laufer: On the Fourth Symphony (Third Movement) – Veijo Murtomäki: The Influence of Karelian runo Singing and kantele Playing on Sibelius’s Music – Antonin Servière: Twenty Measures of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony: A First Attempt at Stylistic Characterization – Ron Weidberg: Comparing the 1915 and the 1919 Versions of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony - From Sonic Experimentalism to Functional Synthesis – Colin Davis: Sibelius’s «Lemminkäinen in Tuonela»: The Significance of the 1896 Original Version – Tuija Wicklund: The Critical Editing of Skogsrået: Sources, Performance History, and Related Works – Timo Virtanen: Sibelius’s «Resurrection» Symphony? The Third Symphony and the «Marjatta» Oratorio – Tomi Mäkelä: The Nordic Landscape and «Extra-territoriality»: Jean Sibelius in the Context of Cultural Geography and Adorno’s Reception – Sarah Menin: Sibelius, Aalto, and the ‘Growth’ Model in Creativity and Selfmanagement – David Stern: «One thought grows out of another»: Sibelius’s Influence on Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Fifth Symphony – Helena Tyrväinen: «La nature de primitif affiné qui le caractérise» – Sibelius’s Music in Paris and the Construction of the Nordic «Other».