I suppose there is no need to apologize to the great Sibelius; he has no knowledge of my love for his music, and it is without a doubt that I say he is not a follower of this blog. However for the last couple of years I posted ON his birthday, not two days later : /
Happy 151st birthday, maestro!! How I day dream about what it would have been like to meet you - I'd be too choked up to speak I would imagine; your genius has enriched my life - it has added meaning by way of it's endless beauty, indeed, each note from your pen has taken me to far away places. Landscapes and nature so beguiling and overwhelming that the musical summoning allows for blissful travel without moving - and with this my heart grows so expansively that it feels as though I can touch, feel and smell the forests, the icy crystalline snow beneath my feet, the majestic earth upon which I leave footprints as gusting winds swirl around me - are these the magical Sibelian winds crafted from wood? yes! The waters, rocks, sky, sun and animals of the North all become symphonies! To the elements your music adds emotional intent - and endows them powerfully by way of sound. Maestro, I thank you wholeheartedly for all of the joy- it has literally saved my life over the years.
|Shostakovich sat at his piano with a cigarette almost always hanging from his mouth, while Sibelius preferred a schweet cigar.|
|A very young Sibelius|
| At the Finnish Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio|
|The Philadelphia Orchestra’s visit to Ainola in 1955, with its conductor Eugene Ormandy. On the left of the porch, Jean Sibelius next to Eugene Ormandy. Not everyone receives an entire orchestra as house crasher!|
|Aino and Jean - fine postage!|
|Sibelius's beloved Ainola in Järvenpää - and such a lovely angle of it here. Simply idyllic - which Sibelius works come to|
mind for you whilst viewing this actual nature poem?
|Another charming shot. By this time Ainola was already an official museum; the Finnish State bought the house in 1972 and it was in 1974 that Ainola opened to the public.|
|Jean and Aino, 1915. I too peruse the Sunday Times on lazy Sundays ;)|
|Statue of Sibelius in his birthplace of Hämeenlinna.|
|The Finnish master seems to have such a towering appearance here, not unlike the statue in his honor directly above.|
|Jean Sibelius with his daughters Heidi and Margaret.|
|Enjoying the wilderness - during the 1940s.|