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Lasse liten, Op 37 No 2
First line:
Världen är så stor, så stor
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'Sibelius: Songs' (CDH55471)
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Lasse liten, Op 37 No 2
Lasse liten (‘Little Lasse’) is from 1902, as is Soluppgång (‘Sunrise’)—again, recent evidence has disproved the previously accepted dating. Lasse liten has been criticized for its low-lying accompaniment, almost exclusively in the bass clef. Yet, oddly enough, its subtle rhythm, so completely attuned to the speech rhythm of Topelius’s verse, strikes a note of conviction, and the dark colours evoked convey an idea of the big wide world with all its attendant dangers that lurks outside the mother’s sheltering embrace.

from notes by Robert Layton © 2002

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