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Sibelius's daughters in the 1940's. Katarina Ilves [left] Eva Paloheimo, Heidi Blomstedt, Ruth Snellman and Margareta Jalas.




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Sibelius at the piano

On 19th August, 1944 the English conductor Sir Henry Wood died. Wood championed Sibelius's music from 1901 when he gave the first British premiere of 'King Christian 11' Suite at the Proms. He gave the first symphony in 1903 and in 1937 Wood conducted all seven symphonies at the Proms.



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In the mid 1940's it is believed that Sibelius confined the 8th symphony to the fireplace at Ainola.

A Bantock Society was formed shortly after the composers death [1946] its first President was Jean Sibelius.


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Sir Granville Bantock [1868-1946]

Sibelius had of course dedicated his third symphony to Bantock in 1907. Lesser known is Bantocks 'Overture to a Greek tragedy' which Bantock dedicated to Sibelius in 1911.--kp

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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great photo of the Sibelius daughters. I'd never seen it before. And, day-um, Sir Henry! Is that a baton or a light saber?

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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Great photo of the Sibelius daughters. I'd never seen it before. And, day-um, Sir Henry! Is that a baton or a light saber?


Good point about the baton, no problem following Sir Henry's beat! I'm now getting close to the end chronologically with Sibelius's life Sad kp

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Sibelius on a hammock with Grandson Juhana [1939]



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Jean and Aino [1950's]

Antti Wihuri set up the Sibelius prize in 1953. Its first recipient was JS himself.


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Antti Wihuri and Jean Sibelius [1953]


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'Sibelius amongst Saplings' in Maupin Gallery.



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Sibelius being presented with a 'state of the art' gramophone from Phillips Electronics in 1951.


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Conductor Eugene Ormandy meets Sibelius at Ainola in 1951--kp

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Again Pete, a bunch of photos I've not seen. Excellent!

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot. I just had to load up the picture below. Its going back to 1914 and I've certainly never come across it before. It was taken during Sibelius's American tour and shows JS with the conductor Arthur Mees. They look almost like a vaudeville act!--kp


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Jean Sibelius and Arthur Mees, Connecticut 1914.

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Jean and Aino



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JS and Stokowski, june 1953 when Stoky conducted the Helsinki City SO in the closing concerts of the Sibelius music festival.



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Coffee break at Ainola with Jean, Aino with their Grandson Erkki Virkunen



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Its back to april, 1948 for this fine picture. I don't think I have seen it before.



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One of the maids Aino Kari. Along with Helmi Vainikainen they served Sibelius's family for more than fifty years.--kp

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pictures, thanks Pete. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Great pictures, thanks Pete. Very Happy


Thanks friend, good to know they are appreciated Very Happy kp

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Sibelius relaxes

One of Sibelius's last compositional acts was arranging 'Kullervo's Lament' for Kim Borg and orchestra in 1957.



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Kim Borg [1919-2000]

The young composer Einojuhani Rautavaara visited Sibelius several times during the composers last couple of years. JS had recommended him for a scholarship in the USA after hearing a number of his early pieces.


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Einojuhani Rautavaara b.1928

Also for Kim Borg [bass-baritone] Sibelius had orchestrated 'Come away Death' from Shakespear's Twelth Night. JS had dictated the orchestration to his Son-in-law Jussi Jalas who conducted the first performance.


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Jussi Jalas [1908-1985]


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Atmospheric view inside Ainola--kp

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jean Sibelius died of a stroke on 20th September, 1957. At the time Sir Malcolm Sargent was conducting the fifth symphony from Helsinki.




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Sibelius with Sir Malcolm Sargent.

Sibelius was given a State Funeral in the Capital ten days later.


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Mourners line the route of the Funeral Cortege.

Sibelius's Funeral was on September 30th and he was laid to rest, as he had wished, in the gardens of his beloved Ainola.



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Members of Sibelius's family at the graveside [Aino Sibelius seated]


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THE SUN IS SETTING, AND THE CLOUDS ARE WANDERING MOURNFULLY ACROSS THE SKY LOW OVER THE WINDSWEPT LAKE WHILE MURMURING FORESTS GROW DUSKY...ALONE IN DESOLATE NATURE AMONG THE ROCKS AND SPINDRIFT, A WANDERER STANDS TRANSFIXED, RAPT AND EXULTANT. HE FEELS HIS SOUL AT ONE WITH THE SONG OF THE WIND IN THE STARLESS NIGHT. DOES HIS SORROW DIE LIKE A CRY LOST IN THE AUTUMNS MIGHTY LAMENT
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Sibelius's 'Autumn Evening' opus 38 No.1 Text Victor Rydberg.


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Details of the Sibelius Monument, Helsinki.


Epilogue

Exploring Sibelius's life and times in pictures has been a labour of love. I hope that this series has illuminated in a small way Sibelius's massive achievements as one of the greatest musicians and humanbeings in history. His music will live on for all time--kp

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Let me be the first to congratulate kullervopete on this fantastic series, spanning 3 and a half years of devoted attention. While it certainly was hard work, it is clearly evident that it was a labour of love for kullervopete as well.

Thank you for this contribution to the forum, most likely the single most interesting topic found herein for members new and old!

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