Love’s Philosophy, a short cycle of three extremely well-known poems, is a splendid example of this leading Finnish composer’s work. His care for detail is always most conspicuous; the smooth and lyrical lines show his great sensitivity to the sound of the voice. The numerous phrases that focus on the top of the stave indicate that a tenor would be slightly more comfortable than a soprano. The musical idiom is well disciplined and highly chromatic; the intonation may require much attention. Rhythms are straightforward and there is scope for supple shaping of vocal phrases. The piano writing is full of character and exciting rhythmic details. The accompaniment is more intricate than the voice parts, allowing the singer to devote care to tone quality.
KeywordsVocal Repertory High Note Great Expressiveness Tone Quality Supple Shaping
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