Music: Sibelius at 70

For half his life Composer Jean Sibelius has been treated like a national hero in his native Finland. The Finnish Government has long subsidized him so that he could give all his time to writing music. Fellow Finns cheer him whenever he appears in public, never let his birthday pass without doing him some honor. Partly because his best works seem at first forbidding, partly because he has chosen to spend most of his life quietly at home, Sibelius has been slow to gain a worldwide recognition. This week when the big, bald Finn...

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