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The Songs of Jean Sibelius
By Antoni Colomer
23 August, 19:30 h
Despite being regarded as the foremost representative of Finnish music, the vast majority of the songs written by Jean Sibelius were, paradoxically, in Swedish. His dedication to the genre was substantial -over one hundred songs that alternate between Schubert and Nordic Romance in their influence- despite having been unfairly overshadowed by the magnificence of his symphonic work. His lieder production was condensed, primarily, in the first stage of his career. However, as if to come full circle after more than twenty years of retirement – referred to as “the silence of Järvenpää” – he returned to the lied during the last months of his life, arranging works from his youth and thus revealing its relevance within his musical idiosyncrasy.