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My favourite Sibelius book is the one by...
Erik Tawaststjerna (multi-volume)
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Robert Layton
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Harold Johnson
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Marc Vignal
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Santeri Levas (recollections of his years as secretary at Ainola)
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Erik Furuhjelm
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Vesa Sirén (recollections from JS's contemporaries)
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Karl Ekman
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Glenda Dawn Goss (ed., The Sibelius Companion)
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Other (pls specify)
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:14 am    Post subject: Favourite Sibelius book Reply with quote

Not surprisingly there have been quite a few books about Sibelius. But which have influenced your thinking the most? Or contributed most to your knowledge/appreciation of Sibelius? Or maybe you prefer to go biography-less?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Veijo Murtomaki

Symphonic Unity: The Development of Formal Thinking in the Symphonies of Sibelius

I know, not a biography, but the Sibelius book that is always open on my desk.

My favourite biography is still to come...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually this might sound a bit sad but the one that's always open on my desk (it doesn't even have a place on the bookshelf) is Fabian Dahlström’s Jean Sibelius: Thematisch-bibliographisches Verzeichnis seiner Werke (2003). ‘Only’ a catalogue but with so much meaty information in it…

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always tempted to go for Tawaststjerna, but liking the newer ones - Sibelius and his world (edited by my tutor!), Tomi Makela's new one, and there are some awesome looking essays in Sibelius in the Old and New World Smile Can't go wrong with Tawaststjerna for a starting point though. Oh to not be a poor student who can't afford to buy them....
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A big welcome to the forum Lotte. I purchased Tomi Makela's study of Sibelius recently [first published in Germany, 2007] It makes absorbing reading but I found it rather 'heavy' going in places. Smile kp

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers kp! Smile
I'm doing a dissertation entitled "Sitting on the Rock of Joy: Poetics, Performativity, and Myth in Finnish Settings of the Kalevala", so any advice on books will more than likely end up being listed in my bibliography :p I'm actually currently in Finland just coming to the end of a research trip, including some manuscript study. All very exciting! I look forward to much discussing, questioning, and ranting with everyone on here :p
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lotte762 wrote:
Cheers kp! Smile
I'm doing a dissertation entitled "Sitting on the Rock of Joy: Poetics, Performativity, and Myth in Finnish Settings of the Kalevala", so any advice on books will more than likely end up being listed in my bibliography :p I'm actually currently in Finland just coming to the end of a research trip, including some manuscript study. All very exciting! I look forward to much discussing, questioning, and ranting with everyone on here :p
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Facinating stuff Lotte, I for one will look forward to your ideas and insights regarding your Kalevala studies. When did you first get into the poetry and myth of Finland and what does Sibelius mean to you as an artist who identifys so closely with the Kalevala.-kp

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess I've always liked Sibelius - my Granny used to play it a lot, but I suppose it was when I played Karelia with my local youth orchestra that I started looking things up, finding out that Karelia was a place, and it sort of went from there. Someone bought me a copy of the Kalevala as a birthday present a couple of years ago, and it's somewhat grown like topsy.... I did my first year extended essay on Myth and Epic Narrative in Kullervo and the Second Symphony, and then decided to take that further for my dissertation. Naturally, with Dan Grimley as my College tutor, it's been very easy to expand on this interest!

I think one of the things that interests me about the Kalevala, and about Finnish music, is the tension between two 'ideas' (for want of a better word) of nationalism in Finland - at once trying to unite a newly formed nation in the wake of Swedish/Russian rule with one kind of national cultural consciousness, but also a more outward looking view to join with the rest of Europe on its own terms. I like constructed traditions - English music, and English myth and legend were my first look into that, but having found somewhere else that did it, I was interested to pursue the idea on a different track Smile

I could rant forever about why it's interesting... :p This is just the not-very-collected thoughts at the end of a week in Finland sitting in Helsinki airport!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your thoughts Lotte. I know the feeling as I've recently returned from a three week trip to the States taking in Virginia, Newyork and Niagara. Your comments are valid. The thing about JS of course was that if he ever was an out and out Finnish nationalist with works such as 'Finlandia,' he moved from this element to music of a universal significance--but his love of the Kalevala remained with him. The forest God 'Tapio' crowning his remarkable achievements. By the way, I also have on my bookshelf 'The Cambridge Companion to Sibelius' edited by Daniel M. Grimley, excellent. Safe flight Smile kp

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a couple of biographies, but favorite is the David Hurwitz listening guide. Orchestral works.

The book has a disc and I follow the discussion of the works by the sample disc. Only Lemminkäinen had only one part so I put the other parts in from Ormandy.

I also have the Hurwitz Haydn guide.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turned out the disc had a few faulty tracks. And a few I did have on other discs. The Symphony 3 on the disc was new to me, Mustonen conductor.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh dear, I have missed much of this thread. Sounds a very worthwhile dissertation topic, Lotte. Will be interesting to see how much you rate the Kalevala influence by comparison with e.g. nature influence and other specifically Finnish traits of character.

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