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Jean Sibelius

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(1865 – 1957)

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) was a Finnish composer. Sibelius was one of the most popular composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Sibelius was born on 8th December 1865 into a Swedish-speaking family in Hämeenlinna in the Russian Grand Duchy of Finland. He was given the name Johan Julius Christian Sibelius, and known as Janne to his family, but during his student years he started using a French form of the name, Jean.

His most popular compositions include Finlandia, Valse Triste, the violin concerto, the Karelia Suite, and The Swan of Tuonela (a movement from his Lemminkäinen Suite), but he is most respected for his symphonies, of which he wrote seven, and various works based on the Finnish epic, the Kalevala. He also wrote over 100 songs for voice and piano, incidental music for thirteen plays, an opera (Jungfrun i tornet, which remains unpublished), chamber music (including a piece for a string quartet), piano music, twenty-one volumes of choral music, and Masonic ritual music.

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  • OG-Gurda

    Still one of the greatest !

    19 Jul 11:08am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    perrrrrrrrfect.

    30 Jun 12:50pm Reply
  • sarahzus

    beautiful

    28 May 11:15am Reply
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Classics №XXVII - http://classics.saltyknuckles.net/2014-20/

    14 May 5:24pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    god

    24 Mar 2:41am Reply
  • Sonhikrams

    I love pop music but I love classic music too. Finlandia is so amazing!...

    15 Mar 7:18pm Reply
  • camune

    Great music

    11 Mar 11:15pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    настоящий революционер при всем видимом реакционизме, не зря его так Фельдман ценил

    26 Feb 3:18am Reply
  • CosmicPi

    Yes, Sibelius and Mahler are behemoths. Most excellent.

    17 Feb 12:54am Reply
  • espoiraout

    probably my favorite late romantic composer with Mahler

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • NightXsenator

    Agreed! My favourite Sibelius symphony. Prefer it with Vanska, Lahti SO. Recording with Rhozdestvensky is not bad.

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • SkylineFugitive

    4th symphony is the perfect soundtrack for moments of deep introspection.

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • prince-paradox

    oh, look at this! Wikipedia makes an exciting claim: "according to Tino Virtanen, the editor-in-chief of the collected edition of Sibelius, the archives donated by Sibelius's family to the University of Helsinki contain extensive drafts which are likely to relate to the missing symphony. Extracts from these were given an orchestral rehearsal in October 2011, and a reconstruction of all or part of the symphony may be possible from them."

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • prince-paradox

    I agree with MonarchKingdom, it's a pity.. I read from a book that numbers are a big deal for Freemasons and were that to Sibelius as well and the reasons behind burning the notes would've been tied to this sacred numerology and the divinity of number 7, the "perfect cycle" of 1-7 would've been ruined by the 8th piece.. then again, who really knows? apparently he included something from these burned sketches into his opus 111b, so all is not totally lost...

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • MonarchKingdom

    What a pity he burnt all the sheets of his Eighth. I'm sure it would've been a masterpiece.

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Biscuit1978

    The Swan of Tuonela and his Violin Concerto are unmatchable for me.

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Remas0

    His piano works are underappreciated.

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • artemisia_sia

    Dark and light all at once.. his music conjures a world of its own.

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • mark_grassland

    Can someone explain to me why the photos of Jean Sibelius are so much disliked (thumbs down) here in last.fm There are a total of 21 images, which have been voted a total of 1600 times. Almost 40% of these votes are dislikes. That's more than 600 thumbs down. Few pictures even have more dislikes than likes (thumbs up).

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • prince-paradox

    today (8.12) is his birthday and a national day of Sibelius here in Finland.. I celebrate it listening through his symphonies, so that my neighbours hear them too! ♥

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
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