Composer of the Week

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JEAN SIBELIUS (1865-1957)

"Music is for me like a beautiful mosaic which God has put together. He takes all the pieces in his hand, throws them into the world, and we have to recreate the picture from the pieces" (Jean Sibelius, 1905)

We celebrate the quintessentially Finnish composer's 150th birthday in 2015 with a selection of the works he pieced together during his career

Monday, 27 July 2015
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

Sibelius Monument by Ralf RoletschekThis week’s Composer of the Week focuses on Sibelius whose 150th birthday is later this year.

The Finnish composer was exposed to nationalism early on as the late 19th century the Finns strove to maintain independence from Russia and fought to keep their cultural heritage intact, particularly in the unique Karelia region, which the composer particularly loved.

Sibelius is best known for his seven Symphonies and his Violin Concerto, but he also wrote significant tone poems, many based on the Finnish Kalevala and many songs.

Image: Sibelius Monument by Ralf Roletschek