Snöfrid, Op.29 (Sibelius, Jean)

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Publisher. Info. Copenhagen: Wilhelm Hansen, 1929. Plate 19427-8.
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Work Title Snöfrid
Alternative. Title Improvisation for Reciter, Chorus and Orchestra ; Schneefried = Snöfrid : improvisation für Melodrama, gem. Chor und Orchester
Composer Sibelius, Jean
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.29
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJS 84
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1900
First Performance. 1900-10-20
Orchestra of Helsinki Philharmonic Society under Robert Kajanus
First Publication. 1929
Librettist Viktor Rydberg (1828-1895)
Language Finnish
Average DurationAvg. Duration 10-15 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Reciter, Chorus and Orchestra : 2 flutes (1 takes piccolo), oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, 2 horns, 3 trumpets, trombone, timpani, percussion, strings
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Described as an "improvisation" by the composer.

Exists in a 2nd version with a different final chorus to words by Volter Kilpi, premiered in 1902.

Orchestral parts published in 1929 or 1930 (see Hofmeister's Monatsbericht (1930), p.73. Probably has a copyright date but has been hard to track down the thing itself to check...)