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My Music, My Drinking & Me: The Memoirs of Jean Sibelius Paperback – 1 Oct 2015
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About the Author
Caroline J Sinclair, a graduate in modern languages, is an Oxford-based author who has a keen interest in classical music. She has done extensive research into Sibelius’s life and music, including sourcing information from his letters and diaries, enabling her to keep the story historically authentic and factually correct. Furthermore, having once lived in Finland, she is familiar with the Finnish language, culture and customs. Her first novel was on the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, and she is currently working on the third book in this series of famous composers’ memoirs.
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Sibelius was always strangely unsure of himself, having difficulty communicating - he even had a mild stammer - except via his music, and he wasn't always reassured about that.
Enjoyment of his music is enhanced by his tellling of how much it was inspired by Nature and occasionally by events such as the death of a daughter at only two years of age. Inevitably, his often strained relations with his wife are often spoken of and still Sibelius couldn't give up alcohol. Without it he felt depressed and unable to compose.
The style of writing is as limpid as Sibelius's music, easy to read and enriching at the same time. Recommended to all lovers of his work, as much to newcomers as to those who know his compositions well and have read long, scholarly books on the subject.