Men min fågel märks dock icke
(‘But my bird is long in homing’), a Runeberg setting, has a simplicity of utterance, an immediacy of atmosphere and a sheer melodic sweep that earn it a high position in the Sibelian pantheon. Runeberg’s nature lyricism seems to call on the deepest vein of inspiration in Sibelius, for not only is Men min fågel märks dock icke
one of his most perfect songs, but it also ranks as one of the finest in the whole romans
repertoire. In his definitive five-volume study of the composer, Erik Tawaststjerna reminds us that the rising figure which opens it ‘almost recalls the opening of The swan of Tuonela
and that, of course, the song itself begins by a reference to a swan!’.
from notes by Robert Layton © 2002