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Aino around the time of her marriage (photo from c. 1891 / National Board of Antiquities Picture Archive)

Aino Sibelius (1871-1969)

Aino Sibelius was born on August 10, 1871 with Alexander Järnefelt and his wife Elisabeth, their relative Clodt von Jürgensburg, the seventh child. Three of his brothers made a significant career in Finnish culture: Arvid became a writer, Eero’s painter and Armas, composer and conductor. Boys’ friends were young writer Juhani Aho (Brofeldt). There was a deep contradiction in the spirit of the home: the father was a harsh breeder whose prestige did not fit in with emotion. Mother Elisabeth was more liberal, and she also eagerly supported the idea of ​​Finnishness and the Finnish language. He received a close friend of Juhani Aho. Gradually, Tolstoy won the minds of Elisabeth and Arvidin. Its ideological and ethical influence also deeply influenced Aino’s philosophy of life.

In the winter of 1889, Armas Järnefelt brought home Janna’s study colleague Jean Sibelius. At the same time Juhani Aho’s emotions moved from Elisabeth Järnefelt to Aino. Aho went on a writing trip to Paris. When Aino did not respond to his feelings, he wrote the revealing novel Solo. Aino got it as a manuscript to read, but it did not affect his choice. He engaged with Sibelius and was married in summer 1892. His strict father consented to dying even though he did not at this time have any assurance of livelihood or any future.

Sibelius’s work and work peace were all to Aino. He understood the size of his musical thoughts and the uneasiness associated with the creation of his spouse. Aino’s poetic and rich essence included strength and integrity and high ideality. “Write Symphonies!” He encouraged Sibelius in times of economic turmoil.

Raising five daughters was Aino Sibelius’s second calling assignment. He often cared for his children at the extreme limits of his own endurance. In his ethical strength, he vanquished the vanity of the world and fought passionately against it. It has been said that his rule of good behavior resembled the Winter Palace’s etiquette. On the Rome trip of 1923, he wrote with concern to his youngest daughters Margareta and Heidi: “Be cautious now, dear children. Perhaps there are no members left behind when this mother comes back from this quack […] But I understand that the priest needs me now. ”

At home Aino Sibelius was also a great recreation and care destination for the garden. He was delighted with its flowering, but also the practical results: the vegetables from the vegetable were given by the Dining Room and apples were awarded at the shows.

The only one was worrying and depressing Sibelius’s alcohol use, especially since the nine-year break began to threaten to grow when the composer had to focus on the forging of the fifth and sixth symphony. One can only imagine his anguish when in the 1940s he had to follow how Sibelius burned his manuscripts in the back of Ainola. He later said, “I had no power to look at this horror, but I pulled out of the room.”

After the death of Jean Sibelius, Aino Sibelius lived nearly all his life in Ainola. In many Ainola’s details, flowers and curtains still show the trace of her gentle and skillful hand.

Aino Sibelius in 1922 (Otava Picture Archive)