• Aulis Sallinen
  • Symphony No. 7 (The Dreams of Gandalf) (1996)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the Göteborgs Symfoniker

  • 3(III/pic)3.3(III/bcl).3(III/cbn)/4431/timp.3perc/hp.cel/str
  • 25 min

Programme Note

The Seventh Symphony is related to J R R Tolkien's great novel " The Lord of the Rings". The symphony does not actually depict the events in the novel; rather it documents the reading experience and transfers the literary atmosphere and poetry into a musical expression.

"The Lord of the Rings" is a unique literary phenomenon: an entire mythology created by a single person.

Elements have crept into the musical content from other sources as well: for instance from the Provencal one-man flute-and-drum galoubet-tambourin music and two melodies from the medieval Finnish song collection Piae Cantiones.

The symphony was commissioned by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and composed in 1995-6.

© Aulis Sallinen


Symphony No. 1, Op. 24
Symphony No. 7, Op. 71, "The Dreams of Gandalf"



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