About Jean Sibelius

Johan Julius Christian Sibelius) (8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957) was a Finnish composer of the late Romantic period. His music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity. In addition to the symphonies, Sibelius's best-known compositions include Finlandia, the Karelia Suite, Valse triste, the Violin Concerto in D minor and The Swan of Tuonela (one of the four movements of the Lemminkäinen Suite).
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Sibelius was named as a Doctor of Honor in the University of Yale during his visit in America in 1914. He was named to the Finnish Doctor degree in Helsinki around the same time. #Yale #Degree #Sibelius

Sibelius was named as a Doctor of Honor in the University of Yale during his visit in America in 1914. He was named to the Finnish Doctor degree in Helsinki around the same time. #Yale #Degree #Sibelius

Ainola, Kannustalo.- Jean Sibelius' Home. This house is utterly gorgeous!!

Ainola, Kannustalo.- Jean Sibelius' Home. This house is utterly gorgeous!!

Ainola - Photo by Pjotr I (Pekka Soininen), via Flickr

Ainola - Photo by Pjotr I (Pekka Soininen), via Flickr

Jean Sibelius at his desk at Ainola. Pictured before his 50th birthday (1915).  (Erik Sundström, Otava picture archive.)

Jean Sibelius at his desk at Ainola. Pictured before his 50th birthday (1915). (Erik Sundström, Otava picture archive.)

Georg von Wendt, a physician and amateur photographer, took a series of colour photographs of Jean Sibelius in 1939. These were probably the only colour photographs of Sibelius ever taken.

Georg von Wendt, a physician and amateur photographer, took a series of colour photographs of Jean Sibelius in 1939. These were probably the only colour photographs of Sibelius ever taken.

Jean Sibelius as a fashionable man-about-town   in Berlin c. 1890.  (Grundner, Alb., Berlin. Otava picture archive.)

Jean Sibelius as a fashionable man-about-town in Berlin c. 1890. (Grundner, Alb., Berlin. Otava picture archive.)

Maria Sibelius (mother) with Linda (sister) and Jean Sibelius. Picture archive of Hämeenlinna Historical Museum.

Maria Sibelius (mother) with Linda (sister) and Jean Sibelius. Picture archive of Hämeenlinna Historical Museum.

Jean Sibelius plays piano to his wife Aino at their home Ainola.

Jean Sibelius plays piano to his wife Aino at their home Ainola.

Aino Sibelius (née järnefelt) 1871-1969 wife of Jean Sibelius

Aino Sibelius (née järnefelt) 1871-1969 wife of Jean Sibelius

He was very handsome man year 1892 when he marriage to Aino Järnefelt.

He was very handsome man year 1892 when he marriage to Aino Järnefelt.

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