This collection of sheet music by the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius features 24 of his most enjoyable and influential pieces, all newly-arranged especially for this volume. The tonal innovations and idiosyncratic compositional style of this hugely prolific composer truly does illustrate the genuine Joy Of Sibelius . The pieces by Sibelius included in this collection exhibit the influences that he absorbed as well as his own stylistic developments. Sibelius ‘ music was highly individual, finding influence in nature and poetry, as well as other composers such as Wagner, Bruckner and Tchaikovsky. Many of his most famous works are included here, featuring Danse Ã‰lÃ©giaque, the 5 Morceaux Romantiques, Op.101 and the finale of his Symphony No.5, Op.82 . Other pieces like selections from the 13 Morceaux , Impromptu, Op.78 No.1, Romance, Op.78 No.2, Suite CaractÃ¨ristique, Op.100 and The Fiddler brilliantly encapsulate what makes Sibelius ‘ compositions so wonderful. His tone poems, ideas about the thematic nature of symphonies and his musical contributions to the Finnish national identity have made him one of the most popular 20th century composers, with time and retrospect dismissing some contemporary critics’ opinions of him. With 2015 coinciding with Sibelius’ 150th birthday, now is the perfect time to discover one of the giants of symphonic music, or to rediscover a favourite of many pianists. The Joy Of… series is a constantly growing collection of musical editions that is now recognised and loved throughout the world. Originally compiled by the editorial hand of renowned teacher, arranger and musicologist Denes Agay, the series continues to reflect his influence and covers a wide variety of musical genres including the classics, folk, jazz, blues, ragtime and childrenÂ’s music. New titles are constantly being added to an already extensive range, ensuring that The Joy Of… series continues to be a vital growing treasury of the worldÂ’s best music. If you’re a fan of the genius that is Jean Sibelius and his perfectly-formed works, you are guaranteed to love the 24 pieces included in The Joy Of Sibelius . Equally, if you just want a wonderful collection of solo Piano sheet music, this fantastic book will suit you perfectly.