Sibelius in 1920

Sibelius was famous for his cigars and the deep folds on his brow. On top of that, even though he was amusing company and laughed a lot, he usually looks stern in photographs. The caricature "the Symphonies of Sibelius or the story of the cigar and the seven folds" alludes to the special nature of Symphony no. 4.

The beginning of Symphony no. 7 in Sibelius's sketch book.

In the autumn of 1926, Sibelius stopped conducting and around this time, his last major works were composed: music to Shakespeare's play, The Tempest (1925), which Sibelius turned into two orchestral suites (1927), and the tone poem Tapiola (1926). In addition, he started working on an Eighth Symphony. By now Sibelius was an internationally acknowledged composer, especially in the Anglo-Saxon world. With the foundation in 1928 of the Finnish composers' copyright bureau, even his economic situation began to improve.

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