‘The Professor [Sibelius] was going by train to Helsinki. At Järvenpää station he noticed, however, that his shoelaces were undone. And so he went to the nearby shop, Lehtonen’s, and asked the shopkeeper to tie them, as he himself couldn’t do so. Having received the assistance he required Sibelius was full of admiration for how Lehtonen was able to tie the laces so correctly.’
(Source: Jean Sibelius ja kotiseutu
[Järvenpää Jean Sibelius 2008] - my own translation)
Now I am posting this on 1st April. I promise that I have relayed the story faithfully… but is it true?
A photo of Lehtonen's shop is below.
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