Sibelius, Jean

Sibelius, Jean

Birthday: Dec 8, 1865
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Jean Sibelius (8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957) was a Finnish composer of the later Romantic period whose music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity.

The core of Sibelius's oeuvre is his set of seven symphonies. Like Beethoven, Sibelius used each successive work to further develop his own personal compositional style. His works continue to be performed frequently in the concert hall and are often recorded.

In addition to the symphonies, Sibelius's best-known compositions include Finlandia, the Karelia Suite, Valse triste, the violin concerto and The Swan of Tuonela (one of the four movements of the Lemminkäinen Suite). Other works include pieces inspired by the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala; over 100 songs for voice and piano; incidental music for 13 plays; the opera Jungfrun i tornet (The Maiden in the Tower); chamber music; piano music; Masonic ritual music; and 21 separate publications of choral music.

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Beldarius | Jun 28, 2015 5:37 PM
I wish Sibelius's music was used in more anime. He was one of the best classical composers of the 20th century - plus he's Finnish just like me~ This was composed by Sibelius in 1899. It's a patriotic piece, composed as a covert protest against the Russian Empire - eventually the hymn got patriotic lyrics in 1941 and it has been sung in this form for 74 years. ...That Christian hymn "Be Still, My Soul"? Most of us don't even know it EXISTS. Finlandia Hymn will always be Finlandia to us. It's about our country, not about god.

Tyestor | Jan 7, 2013 6:58 AM

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