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A Backdrop for Young Sibelius: The Intellectual Genesis of the Kullervo Symphony

A Backdrop for Young Sibelius: The Intellectual Genesis of the Kullervo Symphony Abstract . In April 1892 Jean Sibelius conducted the premiere of his Kullervo Symphony in Helsinki. As the young composer's first symphony and his only choral one and as his first setting of texts from the Finnish epic the Kalevala , Kullervo appeared to be a bolt from the blue. Closer examination, however, shows numerous forces at work, not only in Finland but also across Europe, that formed the essential backdrop to Sibelius's powerful, breakthrough composition. The author explores the literary, artistic, social, and political circumstances that provided the fertile soil from which the explosive Kullervo sprang. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png 19th-Century Music University of California Press

A Backdrop for Young Sibelius: The Intellectual Genesis of the Kullervo Symphony

19th-Century Music , Volume 27 (1) – Jul 1, 2003

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University of California Press
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Copyright © by the University of California Press
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0148-2076
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1533-8606
DOI
10.1525/ncm.2003.27.1.48
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Abstract

Abstract . In April 1892 Jean Sibelius conducted the premiere of his Kullervo Symphony in Helsinki. As the young composer's first symphony and his only choral one and as his first setting of texts from the Finnish epic the Kalevala , Kullervo appeared to be a bolt from the blue. Closer examination, however, shows numerous forces at work, not only in Finland but also across Europe, that formed the essential backdrop to Sibelius's powerful, breakthrough composition. The author explores the literary, artistic, social, and political circumstances that provided the fertile soil from which the explosive Kullervo sprang.

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19th-Century MusicUniversity of California Press

Published: Jul 1, 2003

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