From Wikipedia: “Jean Sibelius born Johan Julius Christian Sibelius, (December 8, 1865 – September 20, 1957) was a Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely recognized as his country’s greatest composer, and his music is often credited with having helped Finland develop a national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia.”
From Brittanica-Sibelius: “a performance of his first large-scale orchestral work, the Kullervo Symphony (1892), created something of a sensation. This and succeeding works, En Saga (1892), the Karelia music, and the Four Legends, established him as Finland’s leading composer.”
Sibelius “tone poem ‘Finlandia‘ was written in 1899 and revised in 1900. Sibelius’ compositions of the 1890s are those of a nationalist composer working in the Romantic tradition.”
“After World War I he published his greatest works, the last three symphonies: # 5 in E-flat Major, # 6 in D Minor, and # 7 in C Major; and Tapiola.”
On this Wednesday, December 8, Jean Sibelius 156th Birthday, turn up the volume and enjoy a couple of this great Finnish composer’s greatest works.
Jean Sibelius: Finlandia:
Jean Sibelius: Symphony #5 in E-flat Major:
Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite:
Happy Birthday Jean Sibelius!