Edited by Kirsten Malmkjær, Adriana Şerban and Fransiska Louwagie
[Benjamins Translation Library 140] 2018
► pp. 257–274
This article explores those Finnish-language translations published between 1916 and 1965 that attest to the various conceptualisations of Sibelius, i.e., the Sibelius narrative. The status of these texts as translations is placed under scrutiny. To explain how the translations reflected Finland’s aspirations to be concurrently internationally recognised and markedly Finnish, the texts are categorised based on the relationship of the source text and the translation. Examination of the translations suggests differing motivations for translating the texts and contextualises the development of the Sibelius narrative. The texts and their translations, as historically representative depictions and shapers of the Sibelius narrative, are deemed culturally key for understanding the role of Sibelius for the Finnish cultural life, and music culture in particular.