Order Today Get Single Tickets. Jean Sibelius. Composed First performance: March 8, , Helsinki. Jean Sibelius, conductor. The music of Jean Sibelius has been considered the very embodiment of the Finnish soul for so long that it is surprising to realize that his nationalism developed rather late in his youth. Few are aware that Sibelius was born into a Swedish-speaking family, attended his first Finnish-speaking school at age eleven, and didn't become proficient in the language until reaching manhood. It was during his later school years, however, that he developed a deep interest in the Kalevala , the Finnish national epic that would become a source of inspiration to him as a composer.
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Your belief in the power of music to heal and transform makes our work possible. Jean Sibelius. Composed: Length: c. Sibelius, it is high time for you to travel. You will spend the late autumn and the winter in Italy, a country where one learns cantabile, balance and harmony, plasticity and symmetry of lines, a country where everything is beautiful — even the ugly. Unfortunately, Baron Carpelan was penniless. Sibelius with family left home in October , stayed first for two months in Berlin and continued from there to Italy at the end of January He hired a mountain villa near Rapallo. Sitting in the twilight in my castle, a guest enters. I ask many times who he is.
In February , Sibelius is relaxing, enjoying a holiday in Italy after a string of successful conducting jobs across Europe. In his temporary study at the villa in Rapallo, the composer has the time to dream up a new narrative for his next work which he thinks might be a tone poem. Inspired by his surroundings, Sibelius fantasises about the story of legendary womaniser Don Juan. His diary reveals his midnight jottings for his character. I asked who he could be again and again — but there was no answer. I tried to make him laugh but he remained silent. At last the stranger began to sing—then Don Juan knew who it was. It was death.