Hämeen Matkailu - Hämeenlinna page 10-11
n the centre of Hämeenlinna, in the 8th of December in the year of 1865, a son was born to the town doctor. The child was named Johan Christian Julius Sibelius. Today the world knows him as Finland’s beloved national composer, Jean Sibelius. The birth home of Jean Sibelius now houses a cosy museum that features furniture and smaller items once owned by the families of the composer’s parents. The collection and its photographs, decorative items, music and documents all tell the story of the master composer’s childhood and youth as well as the charming life in the 19th century Hämeenlinna. The compositions by Jean Sibelius include fascinatingly varied pieces; both universally acknowledged favourites and highly original masterpieces. One of Sibelius’ sources for inspiration was the striking nature in Hämeenlinna – a legend claims that the symphonic poem ”Finlandia” was created in the unique sceneries of Aulanko. Following in the footsteps of Sibelius, Hämeenlinna strives to promote a new kind of alliance between music and the whole wide range of other forms of art and culture. One example of this is the culture and conference centre Verkatehdas that is located in the centre of the town. We wish to welcome you to visit the cradle of Finnish music culture!
the birth city of Finland’s national composer
The very fist time that Sibelius’ compositions are mentioned is in a letter dated 1883. In this letter, Sibelius writes that he has composed a trio and that ”They are not very good, but it is pleasant to have something to do on rainy days.” This was the start of Sibelius’ unforgettable career as a composer.