Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

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This fresh look at the work and its composer has implications beyond Sibelius himself into the entire repertory of post-Wagnerian symphonic composition. In addition to providing a descriptive analytical overview, the book chronicles the work's initial composition and subsequent revisions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521409582
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Sibelius and the problem of 'modernism' 1
2 The crisis, 1909-14: 'Let's let the world go its own way' 10
3 Reassessed compositional principles, 1912-15: the five central concepts 19
Content-based forms ('fantasias') 21
Rotational form (varied multisectional strophes) 23
Teleological genesis ('phenomenological' reflection) 26
Klang meditation 27
Interrelation and fusion of movements 29
4 Of Heaven's door and migrating swans: composing a confession of faith 31
Initial thematic sketches: August 1914 to June 1915 32
The 1915 version 41
The 1916 version 51
The 1919 version 53
5 Musical process and architecture: a proposed overview 58
Tempo molto moderato (E[flat] major) 60
Andante mosso, quasi allegretto (G major) 70
Allegro molto (E[flat] major) 77
6 Editions and performance tempos: a brief note 85
Notes 93
Select bibliography 101
Index 104
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