četvrtak, 12.01.2017 20:11
Sibelius - Valse triste
For us it is almost impossible to imagine, after a century of bad performances in bizarre combinations, how magical the first performance of Jean Sibelius’ ‘Valse Triste’ must have been. Sibelius wrote this mini-tone poem as part of the music to ‘Kuolema’, a play written by his brother-in-law. Due to its overwhelming success, the piece embarked on a solo-career, and is now mostly performed separately. Kuolema tells the story of an old woman who is overjoyed at seeing her dead husband again. Out of joy she starts to dance with him, but the audience knows it is in fact Death she is dancing with. At the end of the piece it becomes clear that the woman, too, has died.