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Lemminkaeinen in Tuonela Op. 22/3

Lemminkainen Tuonelassa

By Jean Sibelius

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Orchestra (2.1.cor ang.1.B-clar.2. - - perc - str)
Lemminkainen Tuonelassa. Composed by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Partitur-Bibliothek (Score Library). Early 20th Century. Study score. Breitkopf and Haertel #PB-3778-07. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel (BR.PB-3778-07).

Item Number: BR.PB-3778-07

ISBN 979-0-004-20161-9. 6.5 x 9 in inches.

If we take a close look at Sibelius' Lemminkainen, it would certainly be possible to regard this work as the composer's Symphony no. 0, since the early versions of these four tone poems go back to the years 1895/96, hence to the time preceding the 1st Symphony.

It was not until 1954, however, that the self-contained, musical novella actually reached its completion, since this is when all four pieces were published together. Previously, Sibelius had had only two of the pieces printed; the other two had to spend 40 years in a drawer waiting for their big moment. Today we know that it was well worth it, for Lemminkainen takes us on a journey into Finnish mythology, unfolds the full breadth of the Finnish landscape, and relates the adventures of Lemminkainen and his safe and sound return to his mother.

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