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Tapiola:
Sibelius et le Dieu des Bois

Jean Sibelius, 1865–1957

Jean Sibelius, 1865–1957

1,437 words

English original here

Tapiola est la dernière œuvre majeure composée par Jean Sibelius. Elle fut  commandée par le chef d’orchestre de New York, Walter Damrosch, au début de 1926, et fut jouée pour la première fois le lendemain de Noël de la même année. Damrosch avait demandé un poème symphonique, le choix du sujet étant laissé au compositeur. Pour trouver l’inspiration, Sibelius se tourna, comme il le fit si souvent,  vers le Kalevala, le recueil de folklore finnois qui transparaît si souvent dans son œuvre.  Read more …

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Tapiola:
Sibelius & the God of the Wood

Jean Sibelius, 1865–1957

Jean Sibelius, 1865–1957

1,361 words

French translation here

Tapiola is the last major work composed by Jean Sibelius. It was commissioned by the New York conductor Walter Damrosch at the beginning of 1926 and was premiered on Boxing Day of the same year. Damrosch asked for a symphonic poem with the choice of subject left to the composer. For inspiration Sibelius turned, as he so often did, to the Kalevala, the collection of Finnish folklore that looms so large in his work.

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