Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) Valse triste Op. 44/1
from the Music to “Kuolema” Op. 44 [orch] duration: 6'
220.127.116.11. – 18.104.22.168. – timp – str
The Valse triste is part of the incidental music in several movements which Sibelius composed in 1903. Freed from itsfunctional framework,the concertversion of the Valse triste, written shortly there after, set out to conquer the musical world.
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The famous Valse triste grew out of the incidental music to Arvid Järnefelts 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 April 25, 1904 under the direction of the composer before it set out to conquer the musical world.