Encyclopedia > Zacharius Topelius

  Article Content

Zacharius Topelius

Zacharias (Sakari) Topelius (b. January 14, 1818, d. March 12, 1898) was a Finnish journalist, historian and author who wrote Finnish historical novels in Swedish.

Together with the composer Friedrich Pacius he wrote the libretto (in the style of Romantic nationalism) to the first Finnish opera: Kung Karls jakt. Topelius initially thought of writing a trivial entertainment, but having heard extracts from the opera project at a concert in 1851, he realized that Pacius was writing a grand opera on the theme of salvation, following the early Romantic style of Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischütz (1821) and Oberon (1826). Topelius wrote the libretto in Swedish, but its subject is emphatically Finnish. The libretto was translated to Finnish, and is mostly performed as Kaarle-kuninkaan metsästys[?], however neither the libretto nor the music manages to cover the weakness of the other.

External links

http://kirjasto.sci.fi/topelius.htm
http://www.helsinki.fi/kasv/nokol/topelius



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Thomas a Kempis

... Florentius Radewijns, the founders of the Brethren of the Common Life. His writings are all of a devotional character and include tracts and meditations, lett ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 34.2 ms