Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Complete Works

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Complete Works

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Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Complete Works: Series VIII, Works for Solo Voice. Volume 1, Works for Voice and Orchestra (2003); Volume 2, Solo Songs with Piano, opp. 1, 13, 17, 35, 36, 37, 38, 50 (1998); Volume 3, Solo Songs with Piano, opp. 57, 61, 86, 88, 90 (2000); Volume 4, Solo Songs with Piano without opus numbers, duets and arrangements for voice and piano (2005). Breitkopf & Härtel, Kari Kilpeläinen, Jukka Tiilikainen, and Timo Virtanen, editors. Swedish, Finnish, German, English.

This series is the result of a extraordinary and generous collaboration between the Sibelius family estate, which donated music manuscripts to Helsinki University, and the many publishing houses that have held the rights to the composer's music, including Sibelius's main publisher, Breitkopf & Härtel. The scholary collaboration represented in these four volumes gives singers an opportunity to become acquainted with and to perform all the songs of Jean Sibelius, one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Our present day knowledge of this body of work tends to be limited to a handful of his songs, most from his late romantic middle period, but Sibelius's works for the voice include more than 100 songs with piano, solo voice with orchestra, choral music, and incidental music. …

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