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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.
In addition to his views about Finland’s position under Russian dominance, Sibelius also became passionate about the importance of the Karelia region – home to the oldest and most respected aspects of Finnish culture. His Karelia Suite was originally written for an historical tableau at Helsinki university. The composer said, ‘you couldn’t hear a single note of the music – everyone was on their feet cheering and clapping.’
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