Recorded on 11/22/2010, uploaded on 05/19/2011
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
The existence of Sibelius's later opuses cannot be explained by a lack of
money, for at this stage the composer was a wealthy man and free from debt. And
it is difficult to believe that the last two violin opuses would have been
written with the general public in mind. On the contrary, the violin works
published in 1929 are enigmatic experiments with material in the style of
Beethoven's late bagatelles or Liszt's piano compositions from the 1880s.
("The Bells") is one of Sibelius's boldest pieces as regards
his organization of pitch. It is also extremely difficult to explain. There are
bells in the partly unison piano texture, but the modally ambiguous opening
goes through many transmutations until C sharp is established as the centre.
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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