Sibelius Symphony No. 5: "The Mysticism of Nature, and the Agony of Life"

06.21.2018 - By Sticky Notes: The Classical Music Podcast

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This week on Sticky Notes, we're taking a deep dive into Sibelius' 5th Symphony: "I drank of the cup of the spring beginning, full of air, haze, and mist. Today, I have melodies like GOD. At 10 to 11 this morning I saw 16 swans, one of the greatest experiences of my life. Their cries are like woodwinds, like cranes. A low refrain, resembling the cry of a small child, the mysticism of nature, and the agony of life." We'll discuss both the original and final versions of this 20th century masterpiece!

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