Sibelius, Jean (1865 – 1957)
‘Especially I wish to mention the patriotic, ie. the very English nature of your compositions….’
An extraordinary typed letter signed by Jean Sibelius, written to British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams — signed boldly in pencil.
Dated August 22nd 1952, Sibelius opens by congratulating Vaughan Williams on his eightieth birthday. He goes on, ‘I thank you most cordially for the many unforgettable hours that your magnificent and in their artistic perfectness so very admirable works have given me.’
Especially I wish to mention the patriotic, ie. the very English nature of your compositions which I always have liked so much. With gratitude and admiration, Yours very sincerely, Jean Sibelius’. In fine condition.
A superb association piece showing the mutual respect of two composers whose compositions were always filled with national pride; Vaughan Williams dedicated his fifth symphony to Sibelius. Rare and desirable in this format.