Andante Festivo
Jean Sibelius


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New entry. 1st of 7 entries from Sibelius this year.

Sibelius originally scored this rousing music for string quartet in 1922. Featuring the composer's impassioned string writing, the unmistakable hummable tune was made all the more luscious when he rescored the piece for string orchestra and timpani in 1938. It's a remarkable work, combining a rich sonority with a sense of poignance — not to mention majesty.

During Carnival by Mary Cassatt (1872).