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.

The Wife of Tchaikovsky

On July 6/18, 1877, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky stood before Antonina Ivanovna Milyukova in St. George's Church in Moscow, Russia. Today was his wedding day, and his brother Anatoli and former lover Iosif Kotek were there to share the moment. In this moment, standing before his future wife, he certainly must have begun regretting proposing to her, because just days into his marriage, he began seeking ways to free him of this grave mistake and release himself from her clutches.

2020 Classical Music New Year’s Resolutions: Opera

When I first began setting out on my journey as a professional musician, I had been playing trumpet for several years, but I had grown to love and appreciate singing and the vocal arts. Fast-forward nearly ten years later, and I find myself working with a Master of Music in Music History degree and working in administration at the Academy of Vocal Arts.