Jean Sibelius is part of Phaidon's successful 20th Century Composers series, which presents authoritative and engaging biographies of the great creative musicians of our time, augmented by striking visual material and essential reference information. This edition of the book features a whimsical new cover by Jean-Jacques Sempé, the world-renowned illustrator and cartoonist.
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Jean Sibelius is my favorite composer which is why I read this book. After reading this I feel like I know the great composer. This book talks about his life, his musical works, and his struggles. Sibelius was far from a perfect man. He was a flawed human with a lifelong addiction to alcohol which strained his marriage. Reading about the circumstances surrounding the composition of some of my favorite classical pieces was enjoyable. All in all, this is a great read that tells you about the life of one of the greatest composers ever to have lived, warts and all.