Annotation

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).

Annotation last modified on 2012-12-11 21:47 UTC.

Relationships

composer: Jean Sibelius (1893)
premiered at: Helsingin Seurahuone (1833–1913) in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland (1893-11-13)
part of: Sibelius-Werkverzeichnis (number: JS 115)
is the basis for: Karelia-sarja, op. 11
parts: 1. Karelia Music, JS 115: Overture
2. Karelia Music, JS 115: Tableau I. A Karelian Home. A Message about War
3. Karelia Music, JS 115: Tableau II. The Founding of the Castle of Vyborg
4. Karelia Music, JS 115: Tableau III. Duke Narimont of Lithuania Collecting Taxes in the Province of Kexholm
5. Karelia Music, JS 115: Intermezzo I
6. Karelia Music, JS 115: Tableau IV. Charles Knutson in the Castle of Vyborg. A ballad
7. Karelia Music, JS 115: Tableau V. Pontus de la Gardie in front of Kexholm in 1580
8. Karelia Music, JS 115: Intermezzo II
9. Karelia Music, JS 115: Tableau VI. The Siege of Vyborg
10. Karelia Music, JS 115: Tableau VII. / VIII. Karelia is reincorporated into The Grand Duchy of Finland