Eila Hiltunen: Sibelius-monumentti, 1967 © Kuva: HAM / Hanna Kukorelli

Sibelius monument

Eila Hiltunen

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) was not only a significant composer, but also a strong personality. He enjoyed luscious evenings in good company and took a country on its way to independence towards European moods through his own example and lifestyle. His love for his talented wife Aino Sibelius (1871-1969) generated a wealth of heartfelt and tender love letters that have since been compiled into a book.

On this picnic suggestion, the rugged monument invites to lay eyes on the sea and read Jean and Aino’s correspondence out loud while tasting a fine red wine. The longer the evening progresses, the truer the experience.