Colin Davis found power in humility later in his career — and one astonished music journalist. Alberto Venzago hide caption

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The late Colin Davis conducting the last night of Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall in September 1968. George Freston/Getty Images hide caption

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In his diary, Sibelius noted the inspiration for the grand theme in his Fifth Symphony: "Today I saw 16 swans. God, what beauty! They circled over me for a long time. Disappeared into the solar haze like a silver ribbon." Istock hide caption

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