Sibelius: Valse triste Op. 44/1 for orchestra
from the Incidental Music to Arvid Järnefelt's Drama "Kuolema"
You will find the arrangement for piano by the composer as well as more arrangements of this work here.
The famous Valse triste grew out of the incidental music to Arvid Järnefelt’s drama Kuolema (Death). After the first staged performances in December 1903 at the Finnish National Theater in Helsinki, Sibelius expanded the original string scoring by adding winds and timpani. It is in this form that the work was first heard at the University of Helsinki’s festival hall on 25 April 1904 under the direction of the composer – before it set out to conquer the musical world.