Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) Complete Works (JSW) – SON 610
edited by the National Library of Finland and the Sibelius Society of Finland
Sibelius's beginnings as a symphonist
288 pages | 25 x 32 cm | 1484 g | ISMN: 979-0-004-80279-3 | Linen
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.
|1. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico|
|2. Andante (ma non troppo lento)|
|4. Finale (Quasi una fantasia)|