The correspondence between Jean and Aino Sibelius
Documents have been preserved from the years 1890-1931. During that time Jean Sibelius wrote almost 700 letters to his wife while she wrote well over 400 letters to her husband…
What does this unique correspondence show? It provides a cross-section of the life of a major composer. It is the story of an unusually long marriage with its ups and downs, and with great mutual love. Initially, Sibelius writes in Swedish, but from 1893 he starts to use Finnish as well. After that, he uses both languages, though Swedish tends to predominate. Aino Sibelius uses both languages in her letters to her husband. However, the majority of her letters are written in Finnish.
photos and notes from sibelius.fi