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Sibelius Scores Found on a Sheep Farm in Finland

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One page of music from the recently discovered Sibelius scores.

Two works by Jean Sibelius were recently discovered on a sheep farm in Finland, both of which will have their premieres this Saturday, April 11, 2015 with performances by the YL Male Choir.

Sibelius originally gave the music to A.E. Rautavaara (later H. Rautavaara), an author of Finland’s declaration of independence, who kept them in a notebook of vocal music that he passed down to his daughter, Kerttuli Nari.

The music was stored in the Nari home along with the family piano, and eventually Kerttuli Nari passed both down to her son Mikko Nari.

He did not realize that he had two previously unknown Sibelius works in his possession until a friend and professional soprano, Nina Fogelberg, visited him and noticed that the scores were something special.

Fogelberg contacted noted Sibelius scholar Sakari Ylivuorelle, who identified the two works as authentic.

The first piece is Full Moon, a choral work that existed in two versions, a long version which the composer had copied into parts for the original performers, as well as a shortened arrangement he prepared at a later date.

The second work discovered in Nari’s home is Suomenmaa (1898), which served as the basis for the composer’s later Op. 28.

 

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