Abstract

Jean Sibelius, widely renowned for his symphonies and symphonic poems, also composed over 100 songs that were overshadowed by his instrumental masterpieces. The style of Sibelius’ orchestral writing is echoed in his songs, thereby developing an unconventional approach to his vocal writing, including bold melodic lines, broad intervals, extremely wide ranges of almost two octaves, and gravely somber moods. The vast majority of his songs are written in Swedish, an interesting contrast to his representation of Finnish Nationalism which is reflected in his tone-poem, Finlandia. The characteristics of his songs will be discussed in Arioso, Luonnotar, Var det en dröm, Flickan kom ifrån, and Säv, säv, susa, followed by performance.

Presentation Type: Lecture Recital

Recording Date: September 20, 2016

Recording Location: The University of Texas at Tyler

Performers: Sooah Park - voice, and Dr. J. Bradley Baker - piano

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