Jean Sibelius

1865 - 1957

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Jean Sibelius ( sib-AY-lee-əs; Finland Swedish: [ˈjɑːn siˈbeːliʉs, ˈʃɑːn -] (listen); born Johan Julius Christian Sibelius, 8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957) was a Finnish composer of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely recognized as his country's greatest composer, and his music is often credited with having helped Finland develop a national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia. The core of his oeuvre is his set of seven symphonies, which, like his other major works, are regularly performed and recorded in Finland and very many other countries. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Sibelius has received more than 1,848,734 page views. His biography is available in 86 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 83 in 2019). Jean Sibelius is the 39th most popular composer (down from 30th in 2019), the most popular biography from Finland and the most popular Finnish Composer.

Jean Sibelius is most famous for his symphonies and his work with the Finnish national anthem.

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Among composers, Jean Sibelius ranks 39 out of 1,228Before him are Christoph Willibald Gluck, Modest Mussorgsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Richard Strauss, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Camille Saint-Saëns. After him are Claudio Monteverdi, Béla Bartók, Johann Strauss I, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Tomaso Albinoni, and Arnold Schoenberg.

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Among people born in 1865, Jean Sibelius ranks 1After him are Rudyard Kipling, George V, Erich Ludendorff, Pieter Zeeman, Ferdinand I of Romania, W. B. Yeats, Archduke Otto of Austria, Alexander Glazunov, Warren G. Harding, Carl Nielsen, and Paul Dukas. Among people deceased in 1957, Jean Sibelius ranks 1After him are John von Neumann, Friedrich Paulus, Christian Dior, Diego Rivera, Miklós Horthy, Humphrey Bogart, Nikos Kazantzakis, Wilhelm Reich, Oliver Hardy, Constantin Brâncuși, and Haakon VII of Norway.

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In Finland

Among people born in Finland, Jean Sibelius ranks 1 out of 509After him are Simo Häyhä (1905), Alvar Aalto (1898), Tove Jansson (1914), Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (1867), Paavo Nurmi (1897), Sauli Niinistö (1948), Mika Waltari (1908), Frans Eemil Sillanpää (1888), Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (1832), Tarja Halonen (1943), and Urho Kekkonen (1900).

Among COMPOSERS In Finland

Among composers born in Finland, Jean Sibelius ranks 1After him are Bernhard Crusell (1775), Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928), Oskar Merikanto (1868), Kaija Saariaho (1952), Selim Palmgren (1878), Erkki Aaltonen (1910), Leevi Madetoja (1887), Martin Wegelius (1846), Toivo Kuula (1883), Kalevi Aho (1949), and Magnus Lindberg (1958).