In 1893 the Vyborg Students’ Association commissioned Sibelius to write music for scenes from the history of Karelia. The fee for the commission was 500 marks, which helped to pay the composer's rent for six months. The commission gave Sibelius a reason to resume his study of Karelian rune singing and Swedish medieval ballads.
First public performance at a social evening of the Vyborg Students’ Association, 13th November 1893 (conductor: Jean Sibelius).
Jean Sibelius (1893)
Helsingin Seurahuone (1833–1913) in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland (1893-11-13)
Sibelius-Werkverzeichnis (number: JS 115)