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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:59 am    Post subject: The Sibelius Sound Reply with quote

What is it that makes Sibelius sound like Sibelius? His sound is instantly recognizable, but is it simply a question of instrumentation and orchestration, or is there more at work behind the scenes?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me it's mostly the orchestration. I do actually like the repeats within a work, such as the tone poems. I don't know if other composers used repeated sections so much.

I do not recognize the piano and chamber pieces as well, even if I have recordings. The string quartets are closest to orchestral work.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find too his orchestral works to be far more characteristic, yet there are some piano pieces that I find clearly sibelian, such as "The Village Church" (Five Characteristic Impressions) or the third of the Six impromptus.
I can't explain where does it come from, but what makes his music unique to me is perhaps the presence of silence I feel in it.
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