Where Sibelius fell silent
December 13, 2011 10:40 AM Subscribe
“Our souls are worn down through continuous contact with one another,” Sibelius wrote in his diary. And: “I am building a studio for myself—at least one. Next to me are all the children whose babbling and pranks ruin everything.” But he never did build himself a studio; instead, he relocated his study upstairs and forbade the noise of any instrument while he was in the house. The children had to wait until he had gone for his daily walk to do their music practice.
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Julian Barnes, winner
of the 2011 Man Booker Prize, visits Sibelius's house
for Intelligent Life. The magazine has also provided a guide
to seeing performances of Sibelius's work in the UK this winter.