December 8th, 2015 marks the 150th birthday anniversary of the great Finnish Composer, Jean Sibelius.
Rest in Paradise
8/12/1865 – 20/9/1957
Below is Sibelius on the Finnish Currency:
And here is his famous Symphony No. 5 - he is said to have been inspired to write this after watching a group of 16 swans taking flight; a majestic
sight that left him awe-struck:
I am not too familiar with classical music but I'm beginning to really appreciate a number of different composers. It is a great topic because there
is so much material out there and different orchestras re-playing the same pieces but with a different sound.
Anyway, Happy 150th to Jean Sibelius, a legendary man.
edit on 8-12-2015 by FamCore because: (no reason given)
Interesting! Something I didn't realize until I started researching classical music is how many of these artists/composers thought of music, tones,
notes, etc. in a scientific way.
Jean-Phillippe Rameau is a great example of this.
There is so much history to go along with classical music as well. Fables too - like the one about how jealous rival, Antonio Salieri, supposedly
killed famous legend Mozart (apparently this has been disproven in recent times, it appears that Mozart actually died from strep)
My favorite Sibelius is the third movement of his 2nd Symphony. The movement begins slowly with a full orchestra and begins to build. Classical
composers would build a theme and and work it around until it climaxed at the end. But in his third movement Sibelius begins the build up to the
climax over and over and over and each time when it has built to such a crescendo that you think surely this must be the finale he backs off, spins
around and starts over again. Of course until he really does arrive at the finale which is pure explosion. It is something to hear on ear phones. Just
sit back and let the music float you along drifting until it picks up speed like a river, getting tumultuous as it goes, over and over until you
finally reach the ocean in a big rush. What a trip.
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