Sibelius composed for the orchestra for the first time in the spring of 1891 in Vienna, where he was furthering his studies. Of his planned symphony, Sibelius finished two movements, which he sent to Helsinki to be performed. These works, entitled Overture and Balettscen, were the very works in the program when Sibelius premiered as conductor in Helsinki in the fall of 1891.
The works fell into oblivion soon thereafter and remained unpublished during Sibelius’s lifetime. The new critical edition publishes both works as well as Sibelius’s revision of the ending of Balettscen.
JSW is published by the National Library of Finland, the Sibelius Society of Finland and the publishing house Breitkopf & Härtel (Wiesbaden).
Editor Tuija Wicklund, National Library of Finland / Jean Sibelius Works
tuija.wicklund (at) helsinki.fi
Tel. +358 2 941 24091