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Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957)


Finnish composer known particularly for his symphonies and tone poems.
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Jean Sibelius
The framework of a symphony must be so strong that it forces you to follow it, regardless of the environment and circumstances.
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Whereas most other modern composers are engaged in manufacturing cocktails of every hue and description, I offer the public pure cold water.
Sibelius
Music is for me like a beautiful mosaic which God has put together. He takes all the pieces in his hand, throws them into the world, and we have to recreate the picture from the pieces.




Sibelius Jean quotes
I often conduct an orchestra in my sleep; my orchestras are so huge that the back desks of the violas vanish into the horizon. And everything is so wonderful.
Sibelius Jean
Art is the signature of civilizations.
Jean Sibelius quotes
It is so difficult to mix with artists! You must choose business men to talk to, because artists only talk of money.
Jean Sibelius
Never pay any attention to what critics say…Remember, a statue has never been set up in honour of a critic!
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If we understood the world, we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances.
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If I could express the same thing with words as with music, I would, of course, use a verbal expression. Music is something autonomous and much richer. Music begins where the possibilities of language end. That is why I write music.
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