(8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957)
Born into the Russian Empire and nurtured Finnish independence through his great music.
Finlandia is an example of nationalistic music for Finland.
Video includes scenery from Finland including northern lights and wildlife:
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5zg_af9b8c
Pipa Concerto Composed by 刘德海 Liu Dehai and 吴祖强 Wu Zuqiang,
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RRSiWA8J-4
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfFOeESnHFk
Two young sisters are trapped in a terrible snowstorm and manage to save the family farm animals. Their heroics are celebrated in the finale of the piece.
|Xinwen Fu plays the solo pipa part for the OSU concert.|
Symphony No. 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g82t0AJ1FnY
Swan of Tuonela features the English horn:
To Hear an English Horn: http://www.dsokids.com/listen/by-instrument/english-horn/.aspx
Sibelius Violin Concerto: "There is something immoderate about this concerto that enormously appeals to me. Something vulnerable and unspeakably beautiful, right there along something dark and brooding. They illustrate that not only do darkness and beauty coexist, they enhance each other. How fitting that a Finnish composer should have so aptly illustrated the beauty of light amid so much wintery darkness," wrote Terez Mertes. Full article: http://www.violinist.com/blog/Terez/201510/17123/
Finale performed by OSU with Hillary Dalton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG_Jwi4jyrg
More links and info: http://www.classicfm.com/composers/sibelius/