SIBELIUS, JOHN

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SIBELIUS, JOHN - “I thank you from my heart for what you and your wife have again done for my art”
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SIBELIUS, JOHN - “I thank you from my heart for what you and your wife have again done for my art”

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SIBELIUS, JEAN. (1865-1957). Finnish composer of the tone poem Finlandia and other 20th-century masterpieces. TLS. (“Jean Sibelius”). 1p. Large 8vo. Järvenpää, March 6, 1943. To German conductor HELMUTH THIERFELDER (1897-1966), director of Hanover’s Lower Saxony State Orchestra. In German with translation.

 

“Dear Maestro Thierfelder, Please receive my best thanks for the reviews of the Sibelius evening in Riga. I read it with great interest and you have given me much pleasure. I thank you from my heart for what you and your wife have again done for my art. With best wishes, yours faithfully…”

 

Russia’s increasing suppression of Finland in the late 1890s galvanized a burgeoning Finnish patriotism. Among its expressions was the November 1899 “Press Celebrations,” for which Sibelius composed his now celebrated tone poem Finlandia. “Finlandia represents Sibelius’ second great direct contribution [the first being Song of the Athenians]to the work of political resistance in Finland... In the efforts to convince the world that Finland was something other than a number of governments under the scepter of the Autocrat of Russia, Finlandia was of greater significance in its day than hundreds of pamphlets and newspaper articles,” (Jean Sibelius, Ekman). In 1904, Sibelius moved to Järvenpää, near Helsinki, and entered upon an extremely prolific period, creating some of his finest incidental and orchestral works with a spare neo-classicism, strikingly different from the composer’s earlier romantic tendencies. He was profoundly affected by nature and the Nordic landscape had an enormous influence on his compositions. At the time of our letter, the Latvian capital of Riga was under Nazi occupation and the city’s Jews were slaughtered by the tens-of-thousands. The Riga Ghetto was destroyed in June 1943.

 

From 1938-1964, Thierfelder was chief director of Hannover’s Lower Saxony State Orchestra, founded in 1934. He was also a frequent guest conductor both around and outside of Germany.

 

Boldly signed with a large signature in pencil. Folded with a few scattered stains and wear at the edges and two file holes in the left margin with a number written in red pencil in the upper right corner. In very good condition. Letters written by Sibelius during WWII are rare.


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