- Tapa blanda: 478 páginas
- Editor: Yale University Press UK SR (15 de enero de 2010)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0300163975
- ISBN-13: 978-0300163971
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Sibelius (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 15 ene 2010
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"Andrew Barnett is unfailingly perceptive and has the ability to engage the interest of both the less informed and the more expert reader. Few would be better qualified to undertake a new book on the Finnish master."-Robert Layton, author of Sibelius (Master Musicians Series) -- Robert Layton "A book of great importance: a fresh, evenhanded account of the composer, especially of his early years... A welcome antidote to the seesaw of critical attention from uncritical admirers and excessively harsh critics... Highly recommended."-Choice Choice "Barnett neatly dispels other myths, explaining how from around 1930 to his death, Sibelius completed briefer works while striving, unsuccessfully, to complete his Eighth Symphony... A warmly humanizing, informed biography."--Benjamin Ivry, The Newark Star-Ledger -- Benjamin Ivry The Newark Star-Ledger
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Informed by a wealth of information that has come to light in recent years, this engaging biography provides the fullest account of the significant achievement of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Drawing on Sibelius's correspondence and diaries, contemporary reviews, and the remarks of family and friends, the book presents a rich account of the events of the musician's life. In addition, this volume is the first to set every work and performable fragment by Sibelius in its historical and musical context, and provides the first accurate information about much of the composer's early music. Andrew Barnett, who studied at Worcester College, Oxford, is founder and chairman of the UK Sibelius Society. He is project advisor to BIS Records' Complete Sibelius Edition and has advised and written extensively for the International Sibelius Festival in Lahti.Ver Descripción del producto
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The other reviewer is right that Barnett's biography is essentially a chronological collection of works interspersed with a general description of Sibelius' home life and travels. Readers looking for a more probing psychological account of Sibelius and what thoughts guided his composition may be rather disappointed. Still, for anyone who is buying the BIS' Complete Sibelius installments, or the shorter but still ample Essential Sibelius boxset, then Barnett's biography is very helpful in sorting out where all those myriad little-known piano pieces and songs fit in among the more famous works that most fans already know about.
Moreover, the urge to mention every composition precludes any in-depth analysis of the works as such; any average CD-booklet does better. Descriptions of the character of a piece are of necessity subjective and inevitably meaningless to anyone who hasn't heard that particular work - and most readers will not have heard most of the works that are mentioned. It is of little use to be told that the Marche triste, JS 124, "...is in ABA form, with outer sections that are dark-hued, astringent and defiant. By contrast the middle section, in 12/8, is sweet and idyllic, like a memory of lost happiness"; it is of less use still to be showered with similar descriptions of literally every piece the composer ever wrote.
Musicological analysis is superficial and mostly limited to the identification of a few recurring musical signatures, especially the "S-motif". Due to lack of integration with the text, the musical examples provided in an appendix have little added value. By and large the same goes for the select list of recordings, which is again subjective, and prone to get dated.
The frustrating thing is that in the sparse moments when there is a brief lull in Barnett's obsessive-compulsive disorder, it becomes clear that he is quite well capable of writing engagingly about the composer himself. That's why the final part of the book is the most readable; for despite the deliberate but abortive effort to dispel the myth of the "silence of Järvenpäa", the fact remains that the composer wrote next to nothing new in the last three decades of his life, and so the biographical narrative is no longer pushed away by the catalogue. It remains typical of the book, nonetheless, that exactly 30 pages are spent on these 30 years, while for instance the years 1899 and 1900 together get 20.
All in all this book shows the author to be a devoted and very determined bookkeeper, while we catch only very brief glimpses of his capacities as a writer; regarding his talents as a musicologist, historian or psychologist I remain much in doubt.