Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) Höstkväll – Autumn Night Op. 38/1
Urtext based on the Complete Edition “Jean Sibelius Works” (JSW) [S,str] Duration: 5' Text: Viktor Rydberg
The orchestral version of Höstkväll, with words translated into German by Ferdinand Tilgmann, was originally written for the soprano Aino Ackté (1876-1944). The date of the première is not known, although an early performance took place in Paris, when Minnie Tracey sang the piece under the direction of Alfred Cortot on January 14, 1905.
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.