Sep 19, 2018
This week we take a look at one of the most popular 20th century symphonies, Sibelius' glorious second symphony. From the moment of its premiere, this piece was given a revolutionary narrative by Finnish Nationalists looking to throw off the yoke of Russian oppression. We take a look at this story and explore how the music supports or undermines that narrative. We also take a deep dive into the incredible thematic and motivic development that dominates this piece, making it one of the most cohesive 40 minutes of music ever devised. This is one of my absolute favorite symphonies and one of my favorite shows I've done - hope you enjoy it!