As in Kullervo, the inspiration for Tapiola draws upon the Finnish national epic, Kalevala. Tapio is a forest king, and it has been said of the composition that it is like a forest converted into music. For foreign listeners, Sibelius completed the score of Tapiola with a four line motto.
Sibelius in 1927.
At the end of the 1920s he still wrote some pieces for the piano, as well as for violin and piano.
Sibelius with two of his daughters, in Hämeenlinna in 1930.
In the 1930s, the world waited for a Symphony no. 8 - in vain. From the early 30s, Sibelius retired into the so called "Silence of Järvenpää". Independent of him, his music went on conquering the world. In his home country, he had been permanently dubbed into one of the biggest national heroes.