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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.
Early in his career, Sibelius was an enthusiastic Wagnerian. A performance of Parsifal at Bayreuth had a strong effect on him, inspiring him to write ‘Nothing in the world has made such an impression on me, it moves the very strings of my heart’. Later, Sibelius began to feel disgust for Wagner’s music, calling it pompous and vulgar.
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