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Thea Musgrave

Publisher: Novello & Co

Song of the Enchanter (1990),
commissioned by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra to honour the 125th anniversary of Sibelius's birth
Work Notes
In homage to Sibelius
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Orchestra
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
1990
Duration
6 Minutes
Programme Note
Thea Musgrave Song of the Enchanter (1990),
PROGRAMME NOTE

This short work, written in the winter and spring of 1990, was commissioned by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra to honour the 125th anniversary of Sibelius' birth.
It is based on an episode from the Kalevala, the great Finnish epic, where Väinämäinen, the hero-God, has fashioned a magical five-stringed instrument from the bones of a giant pike. Orpheus-like, he plays upon it and enchants the people. All listen and all weep, their hearts melted. Even Väinämäinen weeps and his tears 'bigger than cranberries' fall into the clear waters of the deep blue sea. A sea bird dives down to retrieve his tears - they have ripened into pearls.

Song of the Enchanter was first performed on the 14th February 1991 by the Helsinki Philharmonic, conducted by James Loughran.



  • Ensemble
    Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor
    Sergiu Comissiona
    Ondine:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 22 JAN 2009
    City Halls, Glasgow, Scotland
    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    John Storgårds, conductor
  • 20 JUN 2008
    City Halls, Glasgow
    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    James Grossmith, conductor

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