WHEN THE MUSIC BECOMES POETRY: The Swan of Tuonela, by Jean Sibelius

THE SWAN OF TUONELA

SIBELIUS1.1A segment for a 1940 film, Fantasia. A piece used as introductory music to the BBC radio production of Lost Horizon. The Swan of Tuonela, it is an 1895 tone poem (part of the Lemminkäinen Suite). The music paints a gossamer image of an animal – a swan – swimming around Tuonela, the island of the dead.

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