Sibelius and the Kalevala

Jean Sibelius, Finland's most prominent composer, was among the most heavily influenced by the Kalevala and its poems. In his repertoire, Sibelius has twelve pieces influenced by the national epic in some way, and today I would like to share four of the most popular of those works. Many of the other works are smaller in size, taking a few lines of poetry to set to song. All the works below are orchestral works. While they all fit within a similar genre, they remain some of the composers most performed works outside his symphonies.