Sibelius, the Finn, is a composer with a marked temperament.
It was with the sanction of a people that Sibelius came to his task.
But, in the presence of Sibelius, they seem only too evidently men of a gentler, later generation.
Few modern composers of eminence are as singularly uneven as Sibelius.
The test piece for the examination was the "Valse Triste" by Sibelius, and she set to work at once to wrestle with it.
Too often Sibelius's individuality is cluttered and muffled by that of other men.
It is possible that Sibelius will create another work similarly naked and intense.
Still, the honesty, the grimness and savagery and lack of sensuality, are Sibelius's own.
But Sibelius has written music that seems to come as the very answer to the call, and to be the North indeed.
We talked about Sibelius for awhile, before I left to go out into the stinking rest of the ship.