Item #39287 Autograph musical quotation from the composer's celebrated tone poem Finlandia, op. 26. Jean SIBELIUS.
Autograph musical quotation from the composer's celebrated tone poem Finlandia, op. 26

Autograph musical quotation from the composer's celebrated tone poem Finlandia, op. 26

Four measures of the third and best-known theme, which later became known as the "Finlandia Hymn." Signed in full, dated Birmingham ["?]22/II/21" (February 22, 1921), and titled "Finlandia" at upper right. Double-matted in dark gray and brown in a double-windowed mat together with a bust-length photographic portrait of the composer. Framed and glazed. Autograph size ca. 110 x 104 mm., photograph ca. 91 x 72 mm., overall size ca. 260 x 359 mm.

Sibelius "was the central figure in creating a Finnish voice in music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. ... His work is distinguished by startlingly original adaptations of familiar elements: unorthodox treatments of triadic harmony, orchestral colour and musical process and structure. His music evokes a range of characteristic moods and topics, from celebratory nationalism and political struggle to cold despair and separatist isolation; from brooding contemplations of ‘neo-primitive’ musical ideas or slowly transforming sound textures to meditations on the mysteries, grandeurs and occasionally lurking terrors of archetypal folk myths or natural landscapes." James Hepokoski and Fabian Dahlströhm in Grove Music Online

Composed for the Press Celebrations of 1899 in response to increasing oppression and censorship from Russia, Finlandia was revised in 1900 and first performed on 2 July 1900 in Helsinki with the Helsinki Philharmonic conducted by Robert Kajanu. Evoking episodes from Finnish history, the work "formed the nucleus of the orchestral works that introduced Sibelius to larger Europe in the early 1900s." op. cit.

Sibelius made the first of a number of trips to England in November 1905 "where he made a remarkable impression in Liverpool conducting the First Symphony and Finlandia." His visit in 1921 turned out to be his last.

Item #39287

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