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Jean Sibelius His Life and Personality BY KARL EKMAN With a Foreword by ERNEST NEWMAN. PREFACE IT is not our intention in this book to enter into competition with the numerous responsible and subtle commentators, who have analysed and described Jean Sibelius the composer and his work in an excellent way. We are attracted by a hitherto untrodden field and have devoted our i ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published November 12th 2006 by Hesperides Press
(first published August 23rd 1972)
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I recently returned to Finland and went to the home of Sibelius. This books was more of a history of his education and musical works and didn't go into his personal life or character. It was fun to see the pictures in the book as I was in the home where some of them were taken.
“My maternal grandmother,” says Sibelius, “would not have approved by any means had I chosen such a risky and disreputable career as that of a musician. It is true she appreciated my artistic gifts and thoroughly approved of my efforts at composing, but the mere thought of music as an occupation seemed an abomination to her. She was old-fashioned, and had spent her life in the country and in the provincial town and looked upon a musician as on the same level as a wandering organ-grinder, or not far removed from it.”
“Our family trio played classical music almost exclusively, the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. By this means my taste was developed from the very first in a very strict direction. I still remember that during the first year of our playing together we came across a work of Mendelssohn’s—I think it was a sonata for violin and piano in F minor. I was so thoroughly impregnated with the classical spirit that I could not bear the piece.”More quotes…