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Sinfonie Nr. 1 e-moll op. 39

By Jean Sibelius

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Sinfonie Nr. 1 e-moll op. 39. Composed by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Edited by Timo Virtanen. Complete Works.

Sibelius's beginnings as a symphonist

Early 20th Century. Score. Breitkopf and Haertel #SON-610. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel (BR.SON-610).

Item Number: BR.SON-610

ISBN 979-0-004-80279-3. 10 x 12.5 in inches.

Sibelius's beginnings as a symphonist Jean Sibelius's first orchestral works were influenced by Finnish legends (Kullervo, En saga). But even a few years after having written these works, he was planning another programmatic piece, a symphony in several movements entitled Life of a Dreamer or Musical Dialogue. It was not until the compositional phase leading up to the world premiere in 1899 that Sibelius took his first steps towards absolute orchestral music, as is revealed by the editor in his knowledgeable preface. After a fundamental revision, the work ultimately established the fame of the young composer: the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra took the First Symphony on its tour of Europe in 1900 and presented it with rousing success at the Paris Universal Exhibition.

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