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Aulis Sallinen

Publisher: Novello & Co

Symphony No. 7 (The Dreams of Gandalf) (1996)
commissioned by the Göteborgs Symfoniker
Novello & Co Ltd
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Large Orchestra
Year Composed
25 Minutes

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Programme Note
Aulis Sallinen Symphony No. 7 (The Dreams of Gandalf) (1996)
The Seventh Symphony is related to J R R Tolkien's great novel " The Lord of the Rings". The symphony does not actually depict the events in the novel; rather it documents the reading experience and transfers the literary atmosphere and poetry into a musical expression.

"The Lord of the Rings" is a unique literary phenomenon: an entire mythology created by a single person.

Elements have crept into the musical content from other sources as well: for instance from the Provencal one-man flute-and-drum galoubet-tambourin music and two melodies from the medieval Finnish song collection Piae Cantiones.

The symphony was commissioned by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and composed in 1995-6.

© Aulis Sallinen

  • Ensemble
    Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
    Ari Rasilainen
…one never gets bored listening to the music with its many interesting harmonic combinations and unexpected fancies. Sallinen has created an appreciable and suggestive score from the fragments of a Tolkien ballet.
Lars Hedblab, Svenska Dagbladet (Stockholm),01/11/1996
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