The Songs of Jean Sibelius
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436 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

33 music exx. and 27 b/w illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Songs of Jean Sibelius

Poetry, Music, Performance

by Gustav Djupsjöbacka

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A landmark in Sibelius scholarship, this is the first book that presents all of Sibelius's solo art songs in their musical and aesthetic context. Indispensable for scholars and performers alike.

This is the first book to discuss the complete solo art songs of Jean Sibelius and to locate them in their musical, literary and artistic context. The book is organized around the poets Sibelius set to music and the literary themes associated with them, thus providing invaluable information for the scholar, student and performer. The musical and aesthetic contextualisation of the songs will help to enable new interpretations on the performance stage.
1. Wrestling with the text
2. Sibelius and the poems of the idealistic realist Runeberg
3. Idle wishes and summer nights
4. Diamonds and tears - Runeberg's contemporaries in Finland
5. Longing for the eternal - 19th-century poets from Sweden
6. Realism and emerging symbolism
7. Solace of the harp, song to my tongue - other 19th -century poets in Sweden
8. Rapid riders and hoodwinked women
9. Betrayal, urbanity and decadence
10. O, kämst du doch!
11. A last Kalevala excursion

List of Sibelius's songs by opus number
Alphabetical list of Sibelius's songs without opus numbers
Alphabetical list of Sibelius's songs by English title
Alphabetical list of Sibelius's poets
Text of the two lost songs, op. 72 nos. 1 and 2
Text to the melodrama Ett ensamt skidspår (Gripenberg)


GUSTAV DJUPSJÖBACKA is Professor Emeritus at the Sibelius Academy, the University of the Arts in Helsinki, Finland. As a renowned piano accompanist he has performed widely in Europe and given Lied masterclasses at numerous conservatoires in Europe, the United States and Japan. He has many Sibelius song recordings to his name. He chairs the Editorial Board of the critical and complete edition of all of Jean Sibelius Works at the National Library in Helsinki.



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Title Details

436 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

33 music exx. and 27 b/w illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press