Sibelius, Jean - quoted in the New Yorker
“Isolation and loneliness are driving me to despair. . . . In order to survive, I have to have alcohol. . . . Am abused, alone, and all my real friends are dead. My prestige here at present is rock-bottom. Impossible to work. If only there were a way out.”
Sibelius wrote this when he was 61. He lived for another 30 years.
This quotation is from the fifth chapter of Alex Ross's forthcoming The Rest Is Just Noise.
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