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The Correspondence of Jean Sibelius and Rosa Newmarch, 1906-1939

The Correspondence of Jean Sibelius and Rosa Newmarch, 1906-1939

Edited and translated by Philip Ross Bullock
Copyright Date: 2011
Published by: Boydell and Brewer,
Pages: 312
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    The Correspondence of Jean Sibelius and Rosa Newmarch, 1906-1939
    Book Description:

    Rosa Harriet Newmarch [1857-1940] was well-known in her lifetime as the leading British authority on Russian music, yet she also enjoyed a long and close friendship with the Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius [1865-1957]. This edition traces a personal and professional relationship that lasted more than three decades, as documented in more than 130 letters, notes and telegrams currently held in the National Archives of Finland. The correspondence, conducted in a mixture of French and German, reveals the intense friendship between Sibelius and Newmarch, sheds detailed light on Newmarch's contribution to the development of musical life in Britain, and provides some of Sibelius's most intimate commentary on his own works, as well as on those of other composers. This edition contains the complete extant correspondence between Newmarch and Sibelius in English translation, complemented by comprehensive commentaries on the events and personalities referred to, and is prefaced by an extensive introduction outlining Newmarch's definitive role in promoting Sibelius and his music in early twentieth-century Britain. An appendix reproduces a previously unknown programme note that Newmarch wrote for the first British performance of Sibelius's Fourth Symphony. The book's translation and publication of the letters in English is complemented by the letters' online availability in their original language. PHILIP ROSS BULLOCK is University Lecturer in Russian at the University of Oxford, and Tutor and Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford.

    eISBN: 978-1-84615-991-6
    Subjects: Music

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-v)
    (pp. vi-viii)
    Philip Ross Bullock
    (pp. ix-x)
    (pp. xi-xx)
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
    (pp. 1-48)

    When, on 4 December 1905, Jean Sibelius set off for Paris after his first brief trip to Britain, he left behind him a small but influential coterie of individuals who were to play a crucial role in encouraging the cause of his music in the English-speaking world over the next three and a half decades or so.¹ At Queen’s Hall in London, Henry Wood had been the first British conductor to programme Sibelius’s works in his concerts, rapidly followed in both Birmingham and Liverpool by the composer Granville Bantock. Ernest Newman had written some of the earliest and most enthusiastic...

    (pp. 49-246)

    Most honoured Maestro,

    Are you still in Paris?¹ In which case I should beg you to come to my assistance. I have been invited to give a lecture at the ‘Concert Goer’s Club’ at the end of next month.² With great temerity I have chosen ‘The Music of Jean Sibelius’ as my subject. Breitkopf & Härtel (via Mr Kling) have provided me with your compositions.³ I confess to you, in all frankness, that my abilities in the technical analysis of music are not very strong. As far as possible I shall try to avoid saying anything stupid in this respect...

  9. APPENDIX A: Bibliography of publications by Rosa Newmarch pertaining to Jean Sibelius
    (pp. 247-248)
  10. Appendix B: Rosa Newmarch, Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63: Analytical Notes (London, [1913])
    (pp. 249-266)
    Rosa Newmarch
    (pp. 267-276)
  12. INDEX
    (pp. 277-290)
  13. Back Matter
    (pp. 291-291)