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Finnish Rhapsody, A

Finnish Rhapsody, A
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Sheet Music
Voicing/Format Concert Band
Composer Grundman, Clare
Publisher Boosey & Hawkes Inc

Price: $80.00

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Catalog #48006776

UPC code: 073999067767

The opening measured of Clare Grundman's A Finnish Rhapsody are base on Oi kal lis Suomenmaa (O Blessed Fatherland), an old South Bothnian melody beloved of the whole Finnish nation. The words of this song epitomize each Finn's noblest duty, the readiness to sacrifice all in defense of his country's liberty. Nex t is an episode based on Kes ilta (Summer Evening), one of the loveliest of Fi nnish folk songs, being as delightfully tranquil as the Finnish countryside. F ollowing this is a section based on the lively folk tune, Talon Tytt (The Cou ntry Lass), a mirthful love song about a peasant maid and her swain. This lead s into the majestic Finlandia Hymn, created by Jan Sibelius. The work closes w ith the return of Oh, Blessed Fatherland, with all its strength and grandeur. (5:30)

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