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From Sibelius to Sallinen

Finnish Nationalism and the Music of Finland



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From Sibelius to Sallinen by Lisa De Gorog
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This comprehensive study of the evolution of Finnish art music from continental predecessors and native folk music traces the development of Sibelius's musical language from his first major work, "Kullervo", the first genuine Finnish recitative, to the last tone poem, "Tapiola". De Gorog asserts the importance of "En Saga", Sibelius's first major, purely orchestral work, as a composition that affirms the composer's belief in both rhythm and in the variation method (the germ motif technique). The impact of folk music on the germ motif technique as well as on melody, phrase construction, and harmony are also analyzed. Although Sibelius's use of rhythm was more restrained than that of Bartok, Stravinsky, or Prokofiev, similarities in basic trends and folk music influences are noted by de Gorog. "From Sibelius to Sallinen" emphasizes the importance of various aspects of Finnish culture, the historical events that shaped that culture, and Finnish nationalism in the evolution of Finnish music in general. It also delineates the major sources of inspiration for Sibelius's unique musical idiom. The volume clarifies Sibelius's position as founder of Finnish art music and considers the evolution of trends established by him in the works of younger Finnish composers. Lisa De Gorog is a writer with a special interest in cultural history Celestina" and "Concordancias del Arciprests de Talavera", both with Ralph de Gorog.

Author Biography

LISA DE GOROG is a writer with a special interest in cultural history and musicology. A native of Finland, she has taught both subjects in Finland and in Athens, Georgia, where she currently resides. Her previous works include La Sinonimia en La Celestina and Concordancias del Arcipreste de Talavera, both with Ralph de Gorog.
Release date NZ
December 6th, 1989
Volume editor Ralph De Gorog
Country of Publication
United States
Praeger Publishers Inc
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