One of the twentieth centuryâ€™s greatest composers, Jean Sibelius (1865â€“1957) virtually stopped writing music during the last thirty years of his life. Recasting his mysterious musical silence and his undeniably influential life against the backdrop of Finlandâ€™s national awakening, Sibelius will be the definitive biography of this creative legend for many years to come.Glenda Dawn Goss begins her sweeping narrative in the Finland of Sibeliusâ€™s youth, which remained under Russian control for the first five decades of his life. Focusing on previously unexamined events, Goss explores the composerâ€™s formative experiences as a Russian subject and a member of the Swedish-speaking Finnish minority. She goes on to trace Sibeliusâ€™s relationships with his creative contemporaries, with whom he worked to usher in a golden age of music and art that would endow Finns with a sense of pride in their heritage and encourage their hopes for the possibilities of nationhood. Skillfully evoking this artistic climateâ€”in which Sibelius emerged as a leaderâ€”Goss creates a dazzling portrait of the painting, sculpture, literature, and music it inspired. To solve the deepest riddles of Sibeliusâ€™s life, work, and enigmatic silence, Goss contends, we must understand the awakening in which he played so great a role.Situating this national creative tide in the context of Nordic and European cultural currents, Sibelius dramatically deepens our knowledge of a misunderstood musical giant and an important chapter in the intellectual history of Europe.