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Finlandia Op. 26

Tone Poem

By Jean Sibelius

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Organ ( - - timp.perc - str)
Tone Poem. Composed by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Edited by H. A. Fricker. Arranged by H. A. Fricker. Symphonic poem. Edition Breitkopf.

Finlandia Op. 26 numbers among the most frequently played and best known works by Jean Sibelius.

Early modern. Score. Breitkopf and Haertel #EB 2322. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel (BR.EB-2322).

Item Number: BR.EB-2322

ISBN 9790004160923. 9 x 12 inches.

Finlandia op. 26 numbers among the most frequently played and best known works by Jean Sibelius. The tone poem Finlandia op. 26 was written in fall 1899 as the closing piece of the Music for the Press Celebrations. Finlandia was given its first performance in its final form in Helsinki on 2 July 1900.

Herbert Austin Fricker's arrangement for organ (EB 2322) was published by Breitkopf & Hartel in September 1907. Unklar bleibt warum Sibelius etwa zeitgleich eine weitere Fassung des Werks nur mit deutschem Text fur Singstimme und Streichorchester anfertigte. Soweit bekannt wurde diese Fassung vor ihrer erstmaligen Veroffentlichung im Jahr 2003 in der Gesamtausgabe ,,Jean Sibelius Werke (JSW) noch nicht aufgefuhrt. It remains uncertain why Sibelius wrote another version of the work with German text only for voice and string orchestra around the same time. As far as is known this latter version has never been performed before its first publication in the volume of the complete edition Jean Sibelius Works in 2003. In den meisten Fallen beschrankte sich Sibelius auf ein relativ kleines Orchester. In ,,Varen flyktar hastigt sind neben den Streichern nur zwei Floten und vier Horner besetzt.

Nearly all of the orchestral arrangements were made years after the original compositions for voice and piano. Yet even though the arrangements were made in a very short period of time Sibelius handled the combination of solo voice and orchestra in all songs with equal mastery sometimes creating dark and dramatic atmospheres (in Pa verandan vid havet) sometimes radiant colorful impressions (in Soluppgang) or light-colored transparent textures (in Varen flyktar hastigt) and always basing his ideas on the poetic idea of the song while discovering refined ways of supporting it. In most cases Sibelius used a comparatively small orchestra: Varen flyktar hastigt has only two flute and four horns added to the strings. Mit dem Erscheinen der Erstausgabe 1986 eroberte sich das Werk rasch seinen Platz neben den anderen.

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