The Resource Jean Sibelius and Olin Downes : music, friendship, criticism, Glenda Dawn Goss

Jean Sibelius and Olin Downes : music, friendship, criticism, Glenda Dawn Goss

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Jean Sibelius and Olin Downes : music, friendship, criticism
Title
Jean Sibelius and Olin Downes
Title remainder
music, friendship, criticism
Statement of responsibility
Glenda Dawn Goss
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Few composers in the history of music have had so ardent a champion as Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) had in Olin Downes (1886-1955), the highly influential music critic for the New York Times. The evangelical zeal with which Downes promoted the work of Sibelius to the American people transformed the Finnish composer into an immensely popular figure in American musical culture. In the first volume to explore the importance and the impact of the relationship between Sibelius and Downes, Glenda Dawn Goss draws on her exhaustive examination of nearly thirty years of their correspondence to chart the course of this unique musical friendship, providing revealing insights into the lives and careers of both men
  • During his career, Jean Sibelius was criticized at various times as either a radical modernist or a venerated conformist. Olin Downes played a key role in establishing Sibelius's reputation as a Romantic composer fated to live in the wrong century. As first Schoenberg and then Stravinsky began to explore the outer limits of music's language, Downes began to spread the gospel of Sibelius's music as salvation for the contemporary soul. He preached this message across America and around the world with an enthusiasm and devotion that did not abate until his death, two years before Sibelius's own. Attitudes toward Sibelius began to change dramatically when Virgil Thomson, music critic for the New York Herald Tribune, decried the popular power of Sibelius's music, describing it as unprogressive and superficial
  • The captivating story of Sibelius and Downes demonstrates how a composer, seized as an artistic cause and appropriated by a consumer culture, acquired a popular image that arose without regard for the intrinsic musical values of his compositions. Goss explores the fallibility of studying how others receive a work of art as a basis for one's own understanding of it. She unmasks the ideological and personal biases of Sibelius's critics in an effort to allow an unprejudiced consideration of the essence of his extraordinary oeuvre. The volume also contains the complete, previously unpublished correspondence between Sibelius and Downes, as well as a listing of Downes's reviews and articles on Sibelius written during a career that spanned nearly fifty years
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Goss, Glenda Dawn
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ML385
LC item number
.G7 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sibelius, Jean
  • Downes, Olin
  • Downes, Olin
  • Sibelius, Jean
  • Sibelius, Jean
  • Downes, Olin
  • Composers
  • Music critics
  • Composers
  • Music critics
  • Muziekkritiek
  • Componisten
  • Briefsammlung
  • Finland
  • United States
Label
Jean Sibelius and Olin Downes : music, friendship, criticism, Glenda Dawn Goss
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Jean Sibelius and Modern Finland Come of Age -- 2. Of Puritans, Preachers and Pioneers: The Childhood and Youth of Olin Downes -- 3. Sibelius Discovers America -- 4. Enter Igor Stravinsky -- 5. The Thirties: Sibelius, Downes, and the American People -- 6. Sibelius and the Sophisticates -- 7. Sibelius and Posterity -- Appendix A: Correspondence of Jean Sibelius and Olin Downes -- Appendix B: The Writings of Olin Downes on Jean Sibelius
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 274 pages
Isbn
9781555532000
Lccn
94022367
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30783335
  • (OCoLC)ocm30783335
Label
Jean Sibelius and Olin Downes : music, friendship, criticism, Glenda Dawn Goss
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Jean Sibelius and Modern Finland Come of Age -- 2. Of Puritans, Preachers and Pioneers: The Childhood and Youth of Olin Downes -- 3. Sibelius Discovers America -- 4. Enter Igor Stravinsky -- 5. The Thirties: Sibelius, Downes, and the American People -- 6. Sibelius and the Sophisticates -- 7. Sibelius and Posterity -- Appendix A: Correspondence of Jean Sibelius and Olin Downes -- Appendix B: The Writings of Olin Downes on Jean Sibelius
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 274 pages
Isbn
9781555532000
Lccn
94022367
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30783335
  • (OCoLC)ocm30783335

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