Monthly Archives: February 2020

Appeal for 1,200 pages of Sibelius

We draw your attention to the following urgent appeal from Timo Virtanen, editor-in-chief of the works of Jean Sibelius, also reported on the Slipped Disc website:
‘Some time ago, a large and valuable collection of Sibelius manuscripts which had been in a publishing archive in Germany since the early 1900s, was offered again for sale. The collection includes over 1,200 pages of various manuscripts, including Sibelius’s own purely written notes for the string quartet Voces intimae, the Svanevit suite for orchestra, and the music for the plays Pelléas and Mélisande and Belshazzar’s Feast, arranged for piano. In addition, the collection contains important source material for the violin concerto, the third symphony and the symphonic poem Night Ride and Sunrise. Now the fate of the collection – the largest known in the Sibelius research circle still wanders without a permanent home in the world – seems to be completely unclear. As a national treasure, Sibelius’s manuscripts are invaluable.
‘Today, a disaster is again imminent: one of our national treasures is in danger of ending up in an unknown country and at an unknown address. I hope it is a common interest, but also our duty and responsibility to nurture our unique national property and cultural heritage.’
If you have information concerning the wherebouts of these important manuscripts, please e-mail us [click here] and we’ll pass the information on to Timo Virtanen.

Sixth Sibelius Festival – Golfo del Tigullio e Riviera

The Sixth Sibelius Festival – Golfo del Tigullio e Riviera will take place in the autumn of 2020 in the Tigullio Gulf (eastern Liguria, Italy) in some of the places familiar to Jean Sibelius: Santa Margherita Ligure and Chiavari. The dates are 25–27 September, 2–4 October and 9–11 October.

Among the artists invited are the Chamber Ensemble of London, Myrsky string ensemble, pianists Folke Gräsbeck (artist in residence since the first festival in 2015) and Dario Bonuccelli, violinists Peter Fisher and Olivier Pons, flautist Elena Cecconi, baritone Petri Kirkkomäki and other soloists and groups. Federico Ermirio is artistic director of the festival.

Further details will be released in the coming months and will be listed at

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