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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Musical Interlude

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Kullervo by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957):


About this piece, which is really not a symphony but rather a suite of tone poems based on Kullervo, a tragic figure in Finnish mythology. Avid readers of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien may  recognize the tale of Kullervo.


Finlandia, perhaps Sibelius's most famous work:


Starting around time marker 6:10, some readers here will recognize the hymn "Be Still, My Soul."

2 comments:

  1. I recall my Mother not allowing me to read the notes of his work. Now I know why. :) I was fortunate to grow up in a family that enjoyed classical music. The composer was of my family's favorites.

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    1. Bunkerville,
      The tale of Kullervo is a dark work and not suitable for young children.

      But Sibelius's music itself is quite beautiful.

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