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The life and Music of Jean Sibelius.

Kirsten Briggs.

  • 📅Tuesday, June 25, 2024
  • 🕥10:30 - 11:30

Sibelius was born in Finland in 1865 and composed over 500 pieces of music. A major influence on his music was that he held a deep interest in the myths, ideologies and legends of Finland as we shall hear in his music.

Sibelius had a deep interest in the flora and fauna of Finland and these feelings played a very important role in the construction of his music.

The beauty of the Finnish landscape and his interest in its wildlife also influenced and became apparent in his music.

Sibelius is probably best known for his Violin Concerto but above all for his patriotic symphonic poem "Finlandia" that he composed in 1899. This piece received its premiere performance on July 2nd 1900 to great acclaim, not only by the Finnish people but in global terms also.

"Finlandia" became the ultimate expression and desire of the Finnish people for their independence and glory when Finland was valiantly attempting to avoid being controlled by Czarist Russia.

Independence was achieved through non-violent uprising by the Finnish people who then became part of the EU, joined NATO last year and remain an acclaimed independent state today.

We will listen to a range of great music by Sibelius and also hear a little bit about Finland as a country.