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Jean Sibelius

Jean Sibelius ( sib-AY-lee-əs; Finland Swedish: [ˈjɑːn siˈbeːliʉs, ˈʃɑːn -] (listen); born Johan Julius Christian Sibelius; 8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957) was a Finnish composer of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely regarded as his country's greatest composer, and his music is often credited with having helped Finland develop a national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia.

The core of his oeuvre is his set of seven symphonies, which, like his other major works, are regularly performed and recorded in Finland and countries around the world. His other best-known compositions are Finlandia, the Karelia Suite, Valse triste, the Violin Concerto, the choral symphony Kullervo, and The Swan of Tuonela (from the Lemminkäinen Suite). His other works include pieces inspired by nature, Nordic mythology, and the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala; over a hundred songs for voice and piano; incidental music for numerous plays; the one-act opera The Maiden in the Tower; chamber music, piano music, Masonic ritual music, and 21 publications of choral music.

Sibelius composed prolifically until the mid-1920s, but after completing his Seventh Symphony (1924), the incidental music for The Tempest (1926), and the tone poem Tapiola (1926), he stopped producing major works in his last 30 years— a retirement commonly referred to as the "silence of Järvenpää", (the location of his home). Although he is reputed to have stopped composing, he attempted to continue writing, including abortive efforts on an eighth symphony. In later life, he wrote Masonic music and re-edited some earlier works, while retaining an active but not always favourable interest in new developments in music. Although this 'silence' has often perplexed scholars, in reality, Sibelius was clear: he felt he had written enough.

The Finnish 100 mark note featured his image until 2002, when the euro was adopted. Since 2011, Finland has celebrated a flag flying day on 8 December, the composer's birthday, also known as the Day of Finnish Music. In 2015, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Sibelius's birth, a number of special concerts and events were held, especially in Helsinki, the Finnish capital.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 8, 1865 (Hämeenlinna), Died September 20, 1957 (Ainola)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 140 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-9190 10-in. 7/19/1910 Illalle Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-10304 10-in. 5/9/1911 Finlandia Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-10656 10-in. 6/28/1911 Romance Charles Gilbert Spross Piano solo composer  
Victor C-13352 12-in. 5/24/1913 Valse triste Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-14995 12-in. 6/24/1914 Twilight Maud Powell Violin solo, with harp and piano composer  
Victor C-14999 12-in. 6/24/1914 Valse triste Maud Powell Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-15573 12-in. 1/11/1915 Valse triste Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-16537 12-in. 9/22/1915 Finlandia Conway's Band Band composer  
Victor B-19981 10-in. 6/7/1917 Isänmaalle Elli Suokas Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-22584 10-in. 2/13/1919 Ateenalaisten laulu Jean Theslöf Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-22807 12-in. 4/30/1919 Valse triste Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-24988 12-in. 3/15/1921 Finlandia, op. 26, no. 7 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-34067 12-in. 12/22/1925 Valse triste Chicago Symphony Orchestra ; Frederick Stock Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-35611 10-in. 5/18/1926 Jo joutuu ilta Jean Theslöf Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor CVE-45079 12-in. 5/31/1928 Valse triste Mischa Elman Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor CVE-47973 12-in. 5/2/1929 The swan of Tuonela Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-47980 12-in. 5/3/1929 The swan of Tuonela Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-56156 10-in. 9/26/1929 Ristilukki Henry Holm Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano composer  
Victor CVE-56834 12-in. 4/28/1930 Finlandia Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-56835 12-in. 4/28/1930 Finlandia (Concluded) Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor CSHQ-72076 12-in. 4/23/1932 Symphony no. 4, in A minor Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor CSHQ-72077 12-in. 4/23/1932 Symphony no. 4, in A minor Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor LCSHQ-72078 12-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 4/23/1932 Symphony no. 4, in A minor Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor CSHQ-72079 12-in. 4/23/1932 Symphony no. 4, in A minor Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor CSHQ-72080 12-in. 4/23/1932 Symphony no. 4, in A minor Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
(Results 1-25 of 140 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sibelius, Jean," accessed May 20, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102395.

Sibelius, Jean. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 20, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102395.

"Sibelius, Jean." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 20 May 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102395

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