"...Ainola" Helsinki Off The Beaten Path Tip by LysDor

Helsinki Off The Beaten Path: 249 reviews and 392 photos

 
 

He also had precise *vision* of how to decorate the interior of his home. He experienced all colors as musical sounds, each tone possessing an exact pitch. This is how the main fireplace got its bright green color - he heard it in F which was green to Sibelius.
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Only the first floor can be visited. There are one sitting-room with a grand-piano offered to Sibelius almost against his will as no music or sounds were allowed in his house unless he chose to.
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A dining-room and 2 bedrooms transformed after his children left home (he had 5 of them!). One into a library and smoking room. In here there is a small table with different ashtrays and by checking each morning which one was used, his wife Aino could tell in what mood was her husband (before talking to him). There are also over 3,000 volumes of classical and contemporary masterpieces which Sibelius read incessantly in their original languages. He was conversant in several languages, and particularly enjoyed quoting the classics in Latin.
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The other room became his bedroom at his later years when he couldn't climb the stairs anymore.

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  • Written Nov 23, 2002
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