Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius 11.9.2015
The 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) will be celebrated with his own stamp booklet containing three stamps that depict the master composer at different stages of his life. The stamps have been designed by famous graphic designer Pekka Loiri, who admits to being a friend of classical music and a devout fan of Sibelius.
The Sibelius stamps show a passionate youth living the life of an artist, a symphonist living a blooming artistic phase, and an aging master composer. Pekka Loiri used a different technique for each of the stamps: a drawing in Indian ink, an aquarelle and a drawing in lithographic crayons. Loiri's stamps also contain wisps of colour, referring to Sibelius's tendency of seeing different notes as different colours.