Provides detailed information on the life and music of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Intended for international scholarly researchers and enthusiasts for 20th and 21st-century music.
Gives widespread coverage on Sibelius’ background and his role of composer in various genres. Compositions list ranges from 1881-1957 and include missing works. Special emphasis is also given to his home, Ainola. The site also includes direct quotes from Sibelius. Website can be translated into English, German, Finnish, or Swedish.
The home page offers a brief overview of the site and the option to translate the material. The Music tab contains essays about Sibelius’s role as a composer in his day and in the 21st century. A complete works list is included in addition to commentary and analyses of many of his pieces and their ensemble type.The compositions list can be organized in chronological order, by opus number, or by type of work. The Man tab contains essays that expound on the various stages of his childhood and adult life. In the Family tab, there is a family tree diagram, an alphabetical listing of his relatives, and a chronological picture of his friends. The Special Subjects section provides miscellaneous information regarding his residences; photographed handwritten documents; reflections on his other musical roles as a pianist, violinist, teacher, and conductor; his travels around the world; his use of tobacco and alcohol; his financial history; and recordings from the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation. Next is a tab dedicated to Ainola. Color photographs and written descriptions tell of the property’s history, structure, and current furnishings, as well as who lived there before it turned into a museum. Then, there is a section dedicated to quotations from the composer himself. These are organized roughly chronologically and then by topic. Finally, the Sources tab lists a very extensive bibliography, and the Links tab offers other websites for further study of Sibelius. A search box can be found at the bottom of each page for a specific inquiry.
Multiple translations available. Several viewing options for his works list. Many of his compositions are given thorough descriptions and background.
At least one of the smaller branches of the site is not translated into English. The written tabs at the top of the page are a little off-centered from their respective clickable links.