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Re: R: Re: Relay time! Beethoven's Ninth

From:Markus Miekk-oja <torpet@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 9, 2000, 18:01
>> >> > Among my favorite anthems: >> >> Here are my favorites, in no particular order: >> > >> >"Finlandia". > >Sibelius's? I like it very much. BTW, my mother insists to pronounce it >/si'beljus/, while I think it should be pronounced /'sibeljus/, since >Finnish is first-syllable-always-to-be-stressed. Am I right?
Well, Sibelius actually is Swedish or Latin (Latinized Swedish?) Pronounced Swedishly, (though not pitch accented, since Swedish in Finland lacks pitch accent). Sibelius was bilingual. I pronounce it /si'belius/, and I am bilingual...(come to think of it, I do switch the stress to /'sibelius/ when speaking Finnish...ah, do whatever you want to do) The name was latinized sometime (educated people tended long ago to take latinate names, or add latin inflections to their names, especially -us. Though Sibelius is, I think a translation into latin from a Finnish or Swedish name).