Daniel M. Grimley

The Cambridge Companion to Sibelius

Cambridge Companions to Music

Book (Hardcover)

Item no.770993
Author/ComposerDaniel M. Grimley
Scope294 pages; 17.8 × 25.4 cm
Release year2004
Publisher/ProducerCambridge University Press
Producer No.9780521815529
77.90 €
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
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Jean Sibelius has gradually emerged as one of the most striking and influential figures in twentieth-century music, yet his work is only just beginning to receive the critical attention that its importance deserves.

This Companion provides an accessible and vivid account of Sibelius's work in its historical and cultural context. Leading international scholars, from Finland, the United States and the UK, examine Sibelius's music from a range of critical perspectives, including nationalism, eroticism and the exotic, music and landscape, reception and musical influence. There are also chapters on recording and interpretation that offer fascinating insights into the performance of Sibelius's work. The book includes much material, drawing on scholarship, as well as providing a comprehensive introduction to Sibelius's major musical achievements.

  • Rare and valuable coverage of Finnish music and its cultural context
  • Accessible and varied critical approaches
  • Particular focus on Sibelius and twentieth-century music


  • Introduction Daniel M Grimley
  • Part I Forging a Voice: Perspectives on Sibelius Biography:
  • 1 The national nomposer and the idea of Finnishness Matti Huttunen
  • 2 Vienna and the genesis of Jean Sibelius's Kullervo: 'Durchführung zum Teufel!' Glenda Dawn Goss
  • Part II Musical Works:
  • 3 The early symphonies: pastoral idylls, erotic anxieties and heroic subjectivities Stephen Downes
  • 4 The genesis of the violin concerto Jukka Tiilikainen
  • 5 The later symphonies Arnold Whittall
  • 6 'Finlandia Awakens!': Sibelius and Finlandia James Hepokoski
  • 7 The tone poems: genre, landscape and structural perspective Daniel M Grimley
  • 8 Finnish Modern: love, sex, and style in Sibelius's songs Jeffrey Kallberg
  • 9 Sibelius the miniaturist Veijo Murtomäki
  • Part III Influence and Reception:
  • 10 The Finnish legacy: sub umbra Sibelii Ilkka Oramo
  • 11 Sibelius in Germany: Wahrhaftigkeit beyond Allnatur Tomi Mäkelä
  • 12 Sibelius in Britain Peter Franklin
  • 13 Sibelius and contemporary music Julian Anderson
  • Part IV Interpreting Sibelius:
  • 14 Different kinds of fidelity: interpreting Sibelius on record Bethany Lowe
  • 15 Interpreting Sibelius Sir Colin Davis and Osmo Vänskä in conversation with Daniel M Grimley Sir Colin Davis, Osmo Vänskä and Daniel M Grimley