Jean ja Aino Sibelius during the 1940s.
During the 1940s and 50s, many famous musicians came to Ainola to visit Sibelius. The pictures shows Sibelius accompanied by the American conductor Eugen Ormandy in 1951.
Sibelius at work during the 1950s.
Sibelius died at Ainola on the evening of september 20th 1957, at the same time as his Symphony no. 5 was being performed in the University of Helsinki hall. At his death, the country went into mourning. When the funeral procession proceeded from the church towards Ainola after the memorial service, thousands of mourners lined the roadside, and candles burnt at the windows. Sibelius was buried in his beloved Ainola. The central part of Sibelius' work consist of his symphonies and other orchestral works, but he composed piano, chamber, choral, and incidental music, as well as an opera. Sibelius became the symbol of Finnish music and of Finland. Above that, he reached a level of universality in his music, in particular through his symphonies, achieved by the greatest spirits in western music have.