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Incidental music for the theatre is a genre in which Sibelius’s outstanding abilities as a composer of large canvases for orchestra were combined with his equally well-honed talent for writing concise, sharply characterized portraits of characters or scenes. The present volume of the Sibelius Edition focuses on the orchestral music that he wrote for plays and includes both the complete theatrical scores and the suites that the composer in several cases put together from these.
Volume five in BIS’s acclaimed Sibelius Edition includes the world première recordings of Svanevit Preliminary sketch for No.9 from Svanevit & Canon from Suite No.1 (1927 version) from The Tempest. Other previously unreleased recordings are Valse triste and Scene with Crane from Kuolema.
Among the plays given the Sibelius treatment are works by famous as well as less familiar authors: from Shakespeare, Strindberg and Maeterlinck to the composer’s brother-in-law Arvid Järnefelt. It was for a production of Järnefelt’s drama Kuolema (‘Death’) that Sibelius wrote one of his first scores in 1903 for the theatre – a score which included a Tempo di valse lente that would soon make its triumphant course around the world under the title Valse triste.
Jean Sibelius: King Kristian II, Op. 27
Act II, Scene 2: Musette
Act III, Scene 1: Menuetto
Act V, Scene 3: Sangen om korsspindeln (Fool's Song of the Spider)
After Act I: Nocturne
Act III, Scene 1: Serenade
Act IV: Ballade
Jean Sibelius: Kuolema (Death), Op. 44
Scene II - Paavali's Song: "Pakkanen puhurin poika" (Jack Frost, son of the icy north wind)
Scene III - Elas's Song: "Eilaa, eilaa"
Jean Sibelius: Swanwhite, incidental music to the Strindberg play, Op. 54: No. 9 (preliminary sketch)
Swanwhite, incidental music to the Strindberg play, Op. 54: No. 9 (preliminary sketch)
Jean Sibelius: Swanwhite, Op. 54 (complete)
No. 1: Largo, ''En hornsignal i fjarran''
No. 2: Commodo, ''Svanevit: Tyst duvan, min prins kommer''
No. 3: Adagio, ''En svan flyger forbi''
No. 4: Lento assai, ''Nar modern har stally harpan pa bordet''
No. 5: Adagio, '' Da drager en vit svan forbi''
No. 6: Lento - Commodo - Lento - Allegro, ''Svanevitsmoder: Och vi rakas pa gronskande ang''
No. 7: Adantino, ''Harpan tystnar ett ogonblick och tar sa upp en ny melodi''
No. 8: Adante, ''Prinsen ensam''
No. 9: Lento, ''Styvmodern: Har min konst svikit mig, eller hur''
No. 10: Moderato, '' Nar prinsen lagger sig i sangen''
No. 11: Allegretto, ''Nar konungen gar''
No. 12: Largamente, ''Prinsen [Konungen]: Eld pa borgen''
No. 13: Adagio, ''Svanevit: Ma de komma fort ty de maste komma''
No. 14: Largamente molto, ''Svanevit/ Prinsessan: Jag tror, jag vill, jag ber''
Jean Sibelius: Pelleas and Melisande, Op. 46 (original full version)
No. 1: Prelude to Act I Scene 1
No. 2: Prelude to Act I Scene 2
No. 2a: Melodrama in Act I Scene 4, "At the seashore"
No. 3: Prelude to Act II Scene 1
No. 6: Prelude to Act III Scene 1
No. 4: Song in Act III Scene 2, De trenne blinda systrar (The 3 Blind Sisters)
No. 5: Melodrama in Act III Scene 4, "Pastorale"
No. 7: Prelude to Act IV Scene 1
No. 7a: Prelude to Act IV Scene 2
No. 8: Prelude to Act V Scene 2
Jean Sibelius: Everyman, Op. 83
IIIa. Allegro commodo
IV. Dance Song (Tanssilaulu)
V. On riemussa hetket mennehet taas
VI. Kun vetta sataa, niin kastutaan
VII. Maat ja metsat viherioivat...
VIII. Oi, Lempi, armas Lempi!...
IX. Maat ja metsat viherioivat...
X. Allegro molto
XI. Largo, sempre misteroiso
XII. Adagio di molto
XIII. Adagio di molto (continued)
XIV. Largo e molto - Doloroso - Con grand dolore
XVI. Gloria in excelsis Deo
Jean Sibelius: Kuolema (Death): Incidental music, Op. 44 (revised version)
No. 1. Valse Triste
No. 2. Scene with Cranes
Jean Sibelius: The Tempest Suite Nos. 1 and 2, Op. 109, Nos. 2, 3
Ouverture - The Ship Sinks beneath the Waves
Jean Sibelius: The Tempest, Op. 109
Miranda is Lulled into Slumber
Ariel Flies on
Chorus of the Winds
Ariel Hastens Away
Ariel - Hietikolle kaymme nain (Come unto these yellow sands)
Ariel - Sun isaas' peittavat synkeat veet (Full fadom five father lies)
The Oak Tree Plays the Flute
Ariel - Taallaa senkun kuorsataan (While you here do snoring lie)
Stephano - En enaa lahde merelle (I shall no more to sea, to sea)