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Andante Festivo

By Jean Sibelius

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Composed by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Published by Fennica Gehrman (FG.042-11859-7).

Item Number: FG.042-11859-7

ISBN 979-0-042-11859-7.

This the piano arrangement of Andante festivo, one of the most popular orchestral works by Jean Sibelius. It was originally written for string quartet at around the same time as the sixth symphony. The Andante festivo was then performed in amateur academic circles from duplicated and hand-made copies, and was given its first semi-public performance at the wedding of one of Sibelius's relatives at the German Church in Helsinki. Sibelius was present on the occasion, which presumably inspired him to re-arrange it for string orchestra and timpani ad lib. This latter version, which is now the better known of the two, was published in 1939 and has been preserved in a unique recording with the composer himself conducting. On 1 January 1939 Sibelius conducted it in a broadcast to the United States as Finland's greeting to the world fair then being held in New York. Its festive, seamless, singing melody looks ahead to the idiom of the sixth and seventh symphonies.

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