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Cue Sheet – November 2011

SIBELIUS EIGHTH SYMPHONY?

Finnish music scholars--or at least a couple of them--think they may have found enough sketches to piece together the Eighth Symphony of Sibelius, something the composer was known to have been working on in his later years, but it was believed that he'd ultimately burned almost all of what he'd done. Recently, though, experts have been sifting through some 800 pages of sketches Sibelius didn't burn, and there's some loose talk of stitching them together into a full symphony. Caution is in order. How can they be sure that all these pages really are related to the symphony, and not other things? Of those that can be connected to the symphony, how do they know that these are not rejected scraps, and that the destroyed manuscript contained quite different material? Nevertheless, they are forging ahead, and three fragments adding up to about two minutes of material have been performed and can be found online. Read this article for the background, then check out the video by going to this page and clicking the button below the photo.

Classical Music,

ARTICLE DUMP

Just now, I was trying to figure out if I'm still listed as a contributing editor to Strings magazine even though I haven't written anything for that publication in more than a year, and even though I haven't yet found an answer to that question, I did stumble upon a long page with links to the articles I've written for the magazine over the past 10 years or so--a lot more than I'd remembered. Here it is, in case any of the features or technical topics interest you.

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About Cue Sheet

James Reel's cranky consideration of the fine arts and public radio in Tucson and beyond.