Maestro, fighting cancer, composes 14 symphoniesmain
It could only be one conductor. You can see him coming from miles off.
Leif Segerstam was told last summer that he had prostate cancer and required surgery.
His response was to compose 14 symphonies, bringing his total to 285.
He is performing one of them, together with Sibelius 4th and 7th at the Heinävesi Festival and has given an interview to the Helsingin Sanomat. He says, among other things, that Sibelius thought he might die after a tumor was found in his throat. It became the inspiration for the fourth symphony.
The interview is full of ‘Leifisms’. His inspiration, he says, comes from nature, woman, testosterone, also just from the ‘lovely female body’. And he is quite sure that the third note of the beginning of Sibelius no 4 means farting.
There’s rehearsal video here.
h/t: Vesa Siren