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Cultural influences…

Javanese gamelan ensemble Sekar Melati playing Gang of Four’s “Not Great Men.”

From the invaluable WFMU, via the equally-nifty Dangerous Minds.

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As we covet covers, we might send thematically-varied birthday greetings to Jean Sibelius; he was born on this date in 1865.  A composer known best for his symphonies– he was Mahler’s leading rival in the Late Romantic period– Sibelius also wrote prodigiously in other forms, often on themes that contributed to the development of the national identity of Finland, his native land.  The Finnish 100 mark bill featured his image until it was taken out of circulation in 2002.  Since 2011, Finland celebrates its Flag Day on this date– also known as the “Day of Finnish Music.”

Hear Sibelius’ “Valse Triste” here.

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Written by LW

December 8, 2012 at 1:01 am

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