Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) Lemminkäinen Suite Op. 22
4 Legends – Urtext based on the Complete Edition “Jean Sibelius Works” (JSW) edited by Tuija Wicklund [orch] Duration: 50'
2(2picc).2.cor ang.2.Bb-clar.2 – 126.96.36.199 – timp.perc – hp – str
Here you will find the performing material to the individual legends: Lemminkäinen and the Maidens on the Island Op. 22/1, The Swan of Tuonela Op. 22/2, Lemminkäinen in Tuonela Op. 22/3 and Lemminkäinen's Return Op. 22/4
224 pages | 16,5 x 22,5 cm | 443 g | ISMN: 979-0-004-21386-5 | Softcover
Little is known about the actual composition process of Lemminkäinen, and the performance and publication history is rather complex, resulting in a first complete printing of all four movements en suite through the complete edition of Jean Sibelius Works only in 2013.
In summer 1894 Sibelius went to Central Europe, carrying among others a plan for an opera freely based on the Kalevala in his mind. But during this trip he reassessed his composing: “I think I have found my old self again, musically speaking. I think I really am a tone painter and a poet.” As a result he abandoned his opera plans, but musical parts may have found their way into the Lemminkäinen pieces which he started composing during that time. Definitely the overture had, it is now known and loved as “The Swan of Tuonela”. Lemminkäinen became popular from the beginning and has attained a fixed position in the concert repertoire.
On Lemminkäinen and the Maidens on the Island a critic opined: “We do not hesitate to award this tone painting of Lemminkäinen’s erotic emotional world the first prize among all the young composer’s works.” Sibelius himself said about Lemminkäinen in Tuonela: “The cradle song at the end of the work is maternal love, which rakes the pieces of Lemminkäinen together from the River Tuonela.” and commented on Lemminkäinen’s Return: “I would like to see more pride in us Finns. Why should we be ashamed? This is the underlying thought in Lemminkäinen’s Return. Lemminkäinen is just as good as the noblest of earls. He is an aristocrat, without question an aristocrat!”
|1. Lemminkäinen and the Maidens on the Island (Lemminkäinen ja saaren neidot) Op. 22/1|
|2. The Swan of Tuonela (Tuonelan joutsen) Op. 22/2|
|3. Lemminkäinen in Tuonela (Lemminkäinen Tuonelassa) Op. 22/3|
|4. Lemminkäinen's Return (Lemminkäinen palaa kotitienoille) Op. 22/4|