Modalities of National Identity: Sibelius Builds a First Symphony

James Hepokoski

in The Oxford Handbook of the New Cultural History of Music

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195341867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Modalities of National Identity: Sibelius Builds a First Symphony

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This article discusses Jean Sibelius, a Finn composer who emerged during the golden age of Finnish nationalist art. It first studies the gap between the elite-urban European art and Finnish-revered originary culture. Preserved literary and musical collections, the concept of strategic triangulation, and the construction of Sibelius' first symphony are discussed. The article also proposes a methodological model that is generalizable to the study of other art-music inflections of nationalism in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music.

Keywords: Jean Sibelius; Finnish; nationalist art; European Art; originary culture; preserved collections; strategic triangulation; first symphony

Article.  11807 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Musicology and Music History

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