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Unlocking the Masters #12: Sibelius Orchestral Works: An Owner's Manual

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Book News Annotation:

For music lovers, this volume surveys the orchestral works of Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), accompanied by two CDs of some of the pieces discussed. These include Symphonies No. 3 and 7. Hurwitz describes in detail the composer's musical language and use of instruments, the symphonies and Violin Concerto, and in briefer discussions, the tone poems, short works and vocal settings with orchestra, and theatrical works and suites. Throughout the book, he provides brief introductions to the work of other Finnish composers, some of which are provided on the second CD for comparison and to demonstrate Sibelius' unique style. There is no index or bibliography. The title on the cover and spine is Sibelius: The Orchestral Works, while that on the title page is Sibelius: The Orchestral Music. Hurwitz is founder and executive editor of Classicstoday.com and has commentated for NPR. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Jean Sibelius was not only Finland's greatest composer, he was one of the most distinctive and appealing musical voices in the first half of the 20th century, especially renowned for his characterful handling of the romantic symphony orchestra. His example has led directly to an unprecedented cultural flowering in his homeland, making this small country of 5 million people a powerhouse in the world of classical music composition and performance. Sibelius The Orchestral Works - An Owner's Manual considers over 80 individual orchestral pieces, from songs and choruses to symphonies, tone poems, overtures, and theatrical music. Along the way, readers are invited to identify and enjoy the fascinating mix of elements that make up Sibelius's colorful personal idiom. Two CDs accompanying the text offer not only a rich selection of music by Sibelius, including two complete symphonies and two of his most popular tone poems, but also a representative selection of the best Finnish music by his contemporaries and successors. This approach offers a unique opportunity: to hear Sibelius in context and gain an understanding of exactly what distinguishes him from his contemporaries, how he influenced later generations, and how it was that he came to be viewed as the musical spokesperson of an entire nation.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781574671490
Author:
Hurwitz, David
Publisher:
Amadeus Press
Composer:
Sibelius, Jean
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Classical
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Appreciation
Subject:
Music appreciation
Subject:
Sibelius, Jean
Subject:
Sibelius, Jean - Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Music-Music Appreciation
Copyright:
Series:
Unlocking the Masters
Series Volume:
12
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
190
Dimensions:
8.97x5.96x.56 in. .79 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Jean Sibelius was not only Finland's greatest composer, he was one of the most distinctive and appealing musical voices in the first half of the 20th century, especially renowned for his characterful handling of the romantic symphony orchestra. His example has led directly to an unprecedented cultural flowering in his homeland, making this small country of 5 million people a powerhouse in the world of classical music composition and performance. Sibelius The Orchestral Works - An Owner's Manual considers over 80 individual orchestral pieces, from songs and choruses to symphonies, tone poems, overtures, and theatrical music. Along the way, readers are invited to identify and enjoy the fascinating mix of elements that make up Sibelius's colorful personal idiom. Two CDs accompanying the text offer not only a rich selection of music by Sibelius, including two complete symphonies and two of his most popular tone poems, but also a representative selection of the best Finnish music by his contemporaries and successors. This approach offers a unique opportunity: to hear Sibelius in context and gain an understanding of exactly what distinguishes him from his contemporaries, how he influenced later generations, and how it was that he came to be viewed as the musical spokesperson of an entire nation.
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