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"The conductor Robert Kajanus, one of Sibelius's most intimate friends, sought to excuse himself from a dinner party in Helsinki and take his departure as he was due to conduct a concert in Petrograd. The others present protested that the occasion was not one to be sacrificed to such sordid material considerations and pressed Kajanus to telephone to Petrograd and cancel the engagement. Seeming to comply with the suggestion Kajanus left the table, but went to the station, took a train to Petrograd, conducted the concert and returned to Helsinki where, on re-entering the restaurant, he found the company still seated at the same table, engaged in the same animated discussion. On seeing him Sibelius mildly expostulated with him saying, 'That was surely a very long telephone call of yours, Kajanus?'"
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