Monday, August 1, 2011

The Power of Music in Galvanizing Resistance to Oppression: Finlandia by Jean Sibelius

John Sibelius was a great composer and a Finnish patriot who stood up against the oppression of Finns by the occupying Soviets.

This piece was so powerful as a symbol of nationalism and of opposition to oppression of the human spirit that the Soviets banned it for 6 years!

The Arab spring could use some great composers, singers and poets to galvanize the popular resistance to all of the Arab tyrants, with no exception.

Thank you Sibelius.

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