Jean Sibelius

Jean Sibelius


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Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) is perhaps Finland's most important musical figure. His beautiful compositions, inspired primarily by Finnish landscapes and literature, helped to form a national identity for his homeland. Sibelius's innovative symphonies and descriptive tone poems encapsulate the composer's desire to create `pure' music, and have become staples of the orchestral repertoire all over the world. This intriguing biography, which includes previously unavailable material, examines the life and work of this radical yet understated composer.

Jean Sibelius is part of Phaidon's successful 20th Century Composers series, which presents authoritative and engaging biographies of the great creative musicians of our time, augmented by striking visual material and essential reference information. This edition of the book features a whimsical new cover by Jean-Jacques Sempé, the world-renowned illustrator and cartoonist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780714835815
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Publication date: 06/01/1997
Series: 20th Century Composers Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Guy Rickards was born in Germany and educated in England. He is a freelance writer on music, contributing frequently to Gramaphone and Tempo. He has written for the St. James Press lexicons Contemporary Composer and International Directory of Opera, as well as for periodicals such as Contemporary Music Review, BBC Music Magazine, the Guardian, Fazer Music News, Nordic Sounds, and the journals of the British Music and Havergal Brian Societies.

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mccoyprog More than 1 year ago
Jean Sibelius is my favorite composer which is why I read this book. After reading this I feel like I know the great composer. This book talks about his life, his musical works, and his struggles. Sibelius was far from a perfect man. He was a flawed human with a lifelong addiction to alcohol which strained his marriage. Reading about the circumstances surrounding the composition of some of my favorite classical pieces was enjoyable. All in all, this is a great read that tells you about the life of one of the greatest composers ever to have lived, warts and all.