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Today his name is used for music composing software, but the Finnish composer Sibelius deserves our attention – not least for his Finlandia and Violin Concerto.
Born in 1865 with the resolutely Finnish-sounding name of Johan Julius Christian, Sibelius was known early on as Janne to his loved ones. While he was a student he felt inspired to adopt the same French spelling as his uncle Jean, calling it his ‘music name’.
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