Jean Sibelius: Valse Triste, The Waltz of Death

>> Monday, October 19, 2009

Sibelius achieved his greatest popularity with Valse triste, a sad waltz which he composed for a play called Death, written by his brother-in-law Arvid Järnefelt. But Sibelius’s immediate circle feared that he was dancing a real Waltz of Death because of his way of living. "Janne, you must give up alcohol. You must," his brother Christian wrote to him on 19th November 1903.


Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - Herbert von Karajan, 1983


DownWithTyranny November 1, 2009 at 12:40 PM  

Jan Sibelius is an intrepid voice from the rugged North and today at Down With Tyranny you can find out why we make the point that Sibelius's music reflects the hardiness of the Finns, living close to nature, close to the land, a land of astonishing physical beauty, but a challenging, even punishing environment that keeps basic issues of survival at the forefront of its rugged inhabitants' attention.


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