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Sibelius: The Path to the Symphony
Tuesday 21 September 2004 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)
Repeated: Tuesday 28 September 2004 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)
The composer's first operatic project was called The Building of the Boat, but in the early years of the decade it sinks without trace. A piece of choral hack work fills the gap, as do a tone-poem Sibelius suppressed and a part-song he later rewrote twice. Meanwhile a piano sonata proves another dead end.
Festive March (= Juhlamarssi, 1894)