Music: Woodsman

The villagers who wandered the birch-laden slopes near Lake Tuusula in southern Finland were accustomed to seeing the massive old man in his Homburg and precisely tailored business suit walking slowly along the shaded lanes, easing his weight on a heavy stick. Invariably, they saluted him, for they knew that they were in the presence of greatness. His admirers indeed claimed Jean Sibelius as one of the century's greatest composers, and since he outlived all major contenders for the title except Stravinsky, during recent years he reigned in almost solitary splendor. Yet, compared...

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