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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:02 am    Post subject: Sibelius and nature Reply with quote

We know about the swans in the 5th and all that. Here I'm more interested in his walks and personal feelings and even knowledge of nature.

The lyrics he set to music are often quite pastoral:
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I should point out that it is gulls, not sea gulls. The Finns and Swedes do not need two words. Lokki in Finnish. The bird that sings in the garden is a "trast", thrush, or even more likely a blackbird. Fieldfares do not sing, they make a racket. So Sibelius set music to thrush.

I'm still googling the subject. Lake Lohja seems to have been special for artists and nature lovers. If you drive from Helsinki to Turku, it is on the way. Sibelius is mentioned in the brochure, but I think he only knew of it through the Topelius books.Such as the our land book.

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Järvenpää, "head of lake" had a smaller lake


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The Järnefelt family lived on the shores of Lake Lohja, so there is a
mention of Sibelius visits. It includes his courtship of Aino

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I'm pretty sure there are more precise nature observations in the
Tawaststjerna biographies. I think he probably knew dozens of
birdsongs by hte bird name.

He had knowledge of trees. In his day, people knew trees as natural
objects and folk knowledge of the use of wood better than we do
taoday.

If you've been to Finland, you may have been to Aulanko with the
tower for the lake view, the Finnish post card view. Near Hämeenlina.

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