Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) Demanten på marssnön – The Diamond on the March Snow Op. 36/6
Urtext based on the Complete Edition “Jean Sibelius Works” (JSW) arranged by Ivar Hellman [mid vce,orch] duration: 3' Text: Josef J. Wecksell
solo: S/Mez – 184.108.40.206. – 0.0.0.0. – hp – str
Nearly all of the orchestral arrangements were made years after the original compositions. Yet even though the arrangements were made in a very short period of time, Sibelius handled the combination of solo voice and orchestra with equal mastery.
Sibelius made most of the orchestral versions of his songs for the soprano Ida Ekman (1875-1942), the incomparable Sibelius singer the composer called her in the dedication written in the score of the orchestral version for Demanten på marssnön. This last arrangement made for Ida Ekman was written in 1916-17 and performed for the first time on February 22, 1917, with Karl Ekman conducting members of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
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 På verandan vid havet), sometimes radiant, colorful impressions (in Soluppgång), or light-colored, transparent textures (in Våren 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: Våren flyktar hastigt has only two flute and four horns added to the strings.