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Birth of Jean Sibelius

Posted in Anniversary, Music on Saturday, 27 November 2010

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Popular and patriotic, Sibelius leaves his home in Helsinki

8 December marks the anniversary of the composer Jean Julius Christian Sibelius in 1865. Born in Finland and known as Janne to his parents, he later took to using the French form Jean by which name he is universally known. As well as seven symphonies, his best known compositions include the symphonic poem Finlandia, the waltz Valse Triste, Violin Concerto in D Minor, and his adaptation of The Swan of Tuonela from Finnish mythology.

Sibelius remains a popular figure in Finland, his portrait appearing on the 100 mark bill.

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