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Bollspelet vid Trianon, Op 36 No 3
First line:
Det smattrar prat och slår boll och skrattar
author of text

'Sibelius: Songs' (CDH55471)
Sibelius: Songs
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Bollspelet vid Trianon, Op 36 No 3
Bollspelet vid Trianon (‘Tennis at Trianon’) is a setting of Gustaf Fröding, one of the greatest Swedish romantic poets of the nineteenth century, and the poem strikes a particularly responsive chord in Sibelius for the piano part has a finesse not always encountered in his keyboard writing. The song shows considerable subtlety in the handling of contrast and the alternation between recitative and a pastiche pastoral style, and there is in the background a sense of foreboding at the approaching revolution.

from notes by Robert Layton © 2002

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