The Symphony No. Sibelius said, "My second symphony is a confession of the soul. Baron Axel Carpelan, who gave Sibelius' well-known tone poem Finlandia its name, wrote to the composer shortly after its successful premiere: "You have been sitting at home for quite a while, Mr.
Sibelius, it is high time for you to travel. You will spend 1st Movement - Andante Con Variazioni - Seattle Symphony Orchestra - Dohnanyi: Suite In Sharp Minor, late 1st Movement - Andante Con Variazioni - Seattle Symphony Orchestra - Dohnanyi: Suite In Sharp Minor, and the winter in Italy, a country where one learns cantabile, balance and harmony, plasticity and symmetry of lines, a country where everything is beautiful — even the ugly. Here, Sibelius jotted down the first notes to his second symphony.
More than a year after the Volver - Sergio Y Estibaliz - Queda Mas Vida motifs were penned, the second symphony was premiered by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society on 8 Marchwith the composer conducting.
While critics were divided following the symphony's premiere, the public generally admired the piece as its grandiose finale was connected by some with the struggle for Finland 's independence, so that it was even popularly dubbed the "Symphony of Independence", as it was written at a time of Russian sanctions on Finnish language and culture.
Sibelius's reaction to this has been widely debated; some claim that he had not intended any patriotic message and that the symphony was only identified by others as a nationalist composition, while others believe that he wrote the piece with an independent Finland in mind. Sibelius scored his second symphony for an orchestra consisting of standard instruments: 2 flutesI Told A Lie - Flop - Flop & The Fall Of The Mopsqueezer oboes2 clarinets2 bassoons4 horns3 trumpets3 trombonestubatimpaniand strings.
Tying in with Sibelius' philosophy on the art of the symphony—he wrote that he "admired [the symphony's] severity of style and the profound logic that created an inner connection between all the motifs"  —the work grows almost organically out of a rising three-note motif heard at the opening of the work, first unstable and pastoral, then appearing in many guises throughout the entire symphony and indeed forming the basis for most of the materialincluding forming the dramatic theme of the finale.
More phrases are invisibly introduced, although very much related, creating a jigsaw puzzle-like effect. It is only at the climax of the movement that the full theme is heard. In his villa in Rapallo, Sibelius wrote: "Don Juan. I was sitting in the dark in my castle when a stranger entered. I asked who he could be again and 1st Movement - Andante Con Variazioni - Seattle Symphony Orchestra - Dohnanyi: Suite In Sharp Minor, — but there was no answer. I tried to make him laugh but he remained silent.
At last the stranger began to sing — then Don Juan knew who it was. It was death. Two months later in Florencehe drafted the second theme, with a note reading "Christus," perhaps symbolizing the death and resurrection of the movement, or even of Finland. Nonetheless, Robert Kajanus said that the movement "strikes one as the most broken-hearted protest against all the injustice that threatens at the present time to deprive the sun of its light and our flowers of their scent.
An angry, restless scherzo with machine-gun figures in the strings is blistering and fast. It is followed by a slow trio section, featuring a lyrical oboe solo accompanied by the clarinets and horns. After a trumpet blast, the scherzo is played again. The trio section returns again at the end of the movement as it bridges to the final movement.
Everyone piles his straw on the haystack, all fibers are strained and every second seems to last an hour. One senses in the contrasting trio section with its oboe motive in G-flat major what is at stake. Without pause, the final movement, toward which the rest of the symphony seems to be building, begins gloriously after finally attaining D major, with colossal, loud, regal, and triumphant themes, often drawn from the first movement of the symphony.
The violinist and composer Anthony Collins recorded the symphony with many revisions [ how? Sibelius praised the recording, saying that Koussevitsky "performed my work with supreme mastery. I shall ever be deeply grateful to him for all that he has done for my art.
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