The Sibelius i Korpo - Festival 2002-present

The Sibelius in Korpo Festival 2002–2016

The Festival Sibelius in Korpo has been arranged since 2002. During 15 years, 2002–2016, more than 250 compositions by Jean Sibelius have been performed, 22 of them as World Première Performances, see below! The festival is profiled into a special forum of Sibelius’s music – at the concerts both rare compositions of the youth production are played as well as well-known master pieces. This is often planned to shed light of the various stylistic phases of Sibelius’s œuvre. Since the start in 2002, the programmes have been designed by the artistic director, the pianist Folke Gräsbeck.


Historical Background 1886-87


The Sibelius Family spent the Summer vacations in Korpo in the Åbo (Turku) archipelago in 1886 and 1887. The first Summer the family stayed at the big northern island Norrskata, at the Vidix House, situated at the beautiful Hafträsk Bay. The second Summer was spent in the centre of the Korpo Church Village, at the Korpo Manor. Accordingly, Sibelius composed a major piano trio each Summer, in 1886 the ‘Hafträsk’ Trio, JS 207, and in 1887 the ‘Korpo’ Trio, JS 209. Both works are the most comprehensive compositions of each year. In addition, Sibelius composed c. 20 other works, that have formed the basic of the concert programmes of the festival.


The festival regularly takes place on the penultimate weekend of July. Since 2011, concerts have been arranged on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition, a hommage ceremony has been held on Saturday afternoon at the Sibelius monument (The Young Sibelius with his violin). The monument was unveiled in 2006 at the centre of the Church Village, close to the medieval Korpo Church. Orchestral and choir concerts have been held at the church, whereas the other concerts have been arranged mainly at the The Korpo Manor, designed by the Italian architect Charles Bassi in 1804. The famous musical salon of the manor is found on the first floor, and it provides an excellent acoustic. In this salon, the Sibelius family members spent many prolonged musical soirées during the Summer of 1887. Also the skilful pianist, the hostess Ina Wilenius was an active player. In 2003, a high quality Grotrian Steinweg grand piano was acquired, and many of the concerts have been broadcast by the radio.


Artistic Director 2002–2016:  Folke Gräsbeck

Director of Administration 2012–2016:  Petri Kirkkomäki


Complete List of Sibelius Performances at Korpo 2002–2016

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)

Contents

Page              Category                                                                                                                    Number of Compositions performed

3                    Piano Trios. These form the most important category during the two summers        7

                                           of Sibelius’s family visits to Korpo. Hence they are given the

                                           honorary place as the first category on this list.

4                    String Trios.                                                                                                              2

4                    Piano Quartets.                                                                                                          3

4                    String Quartets.                                                                                                         9

4                    Piano Quintet Ensembles and Melodramas.                                                              4

5                    Brass Septets.                                                                                                            5

5                    Cello and Piano.                                                                                                       10

                                           a) Cello and Piano    9

                                           b) Cello solo             1

6                    Violin and Piano.                                                                                                      44

                                           a) Violin and Piano 42

                                           b) Violin solo            2

7                    Viola and Piano.                                                                                                        1

8                    String Duos.                                                                                                              4

8                    Kantele.                                                                                                                     3

                                           a) Kantele solo         2

                                           b) Kantele and Violin 1

8                    Solo Piano.                                                                                                               49

11Recitation and Piano.                                                                                                 3

12Song and Piano.                                                                                                       78

15                  Lithurgical Music and Organ Music.                                                                          2

16Mixed Choir.                                                                                                               5

16Female or Youth Choir.                                                                                              6

17Male Choir.                                                                                                               12

18Chamber or String Orchestra.                                                                                     8

19Symphony Orchestra.                                                                                                 2

                      Altogether                                                                                                                 257

Opus or     Year ofTitle + EnglishYear of

JS No.       composition    translationperformance

Piano Trios

- -                  1882–85        [Minuetto] in D minor                                                                                                                    2011

- -                  1883–85        [Andante] in A minor – Adagio – Allegro maestoso in E flat major,                                              2011

World Première Performance 2011

JS 206           1884              Piano Trio in A minor                                                                                                           2004, 2010

- -            Hafträsk 1886     [Andantino], fragment in A major                                                                               2003, 2004, 2011

Completed by Jaakko Kuusisto, World Première Performance 2003

JS 27       Hafträsk 1886     Allegro in D major                                                                                             2004, 2005, 2008, 2009

JS 207     Hafträsk 1886     Piano Trio in A minor ‘Hafträsk’                                  2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 (II), 2011, 2016

JS 209     Korpo 1887        Piano Trio in D major ‘Korpo’                                                     2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2014

JS 43       Korpo 1887        Andantino in G minor, World Première Performance 2003              2003, 2004, 2008, 2011

JS 208     Lovisa 1888        Piano Trio in C major ‘Lovisa’                                                                                            2005, 2011

- -                  1889              [Allegro] in D minor, completed by Kalevi Aho                                                               2005, 2011, 2014

- -           Wien 1891           [Allegretto], fragment in E flat major                                                                                              2003

     Completed by Jaakko Kuusisto, World Première Performance 2003

JS 116    Wien 1891           La pompeuse marche d’Asis (arr. for Piano Trio in 1892–85?)                                            2004, 2011

Kuolema (Death), incidental music to the play by A. Järnefelt:                                

Op. 44/1 1903, rev. 1904   Valse triste, (arr. for violin, cello and piano by Peter Lönnqvist 2011)                                          2012

Op. 96a         1919              Valse lyrique (arr. for Piano Trio by Emil Kauppi in 1922)                                                  2010, 2011

String Trios

JS 128    Korpo 1887         Minuetto and Allegro, for two violins and cello, World Première Performance 2006                           2006

JS 169    Korpo 1887         Serenata, for two violins and cello, World Première Performance 2006                                               2006

Piano Quartets

JS 157           1884              Piano Quartet in D minor, for two violins, cello and piano                                                             2006

- -                  1885              Ljunga Wirginia, “opera”, for violin, cello and piano four hands                                                   2006, 2009

The 6th movement, Allegro - Più vivo quasi presto, completed by Kalevi Aho

JS 165           1887              Scherzo in E minor, for violin, cello and piano four hands                                                             2006

Probably additional movement to Ljunga Wirginia, completed by Kalevi Aho

JS 156           1891              Piano Quartet in C major, for two violins, cello and piano                                                             2003

Kuolema (Death), incidental music to the play by A. Järnefelt:                                

Op. 44/1  1903, rev. 1904  Valse triste, (arr. for violin, cello and piano 4 hands by Peter Lönnqvist 2007)                             2009

String Quartets

JS 134           1885              Molto moderato – Scherzo                                                                                        2007, 2015

JS 184           1885              String Quartet in E flat major                                                                                                          2015

- -                  1887              [Four Themes]                                                                                                                                 2007, 2015   

JS 20             1888              Allegretto in D major                                                                                                                      2007

JS 85             1889              Fuga för Martin Wegelius (Fugue for Martin Wegelius)                                                                2007, 2015

JS 183           1889              String Quartet in A minor                                                                                                               2015

JS 12             1890              Adagio in D minor                                                                                                                          2015

Op. 4             1889–90        String Quartet in B flat major                                                                                                          2015

Op. 56           1909              String Quartet in D minor ‘Voces Intimae᾿                                                                                     2015

JS 34a           1922              Andante festivo                                                                                                                                2007, 2014, 2015

Piano Quintet Ensembles and Melodramas

JS 59             1887–88        Den lilla sjöjungfrun (The Little Mermaid) (text: H. C. Andersen, Swedish translation                 2007

                                                by K. J. Backman), fragment for recitation and string quartet, World Première Performance 2007

JS 138           1888              Sång ur Näcken (The Watersprite), “Dramatic Runic Sorcery”, for mezzo sopran, recitation,        2005

     violin, cello and piano  (text: G. Wennerberg)

JS 159        Berlin1890       Piano Quintet in G minor                                                                                                                2007, 2015   

JS 125           1893              Melodram ur Svartsjukans nätter (Melodrama from the ‘Nights of Jealousy’); for recitation,      2004

                                                soprano, violin, cello and piano (text: J. L. Runeberg)

Brass Septets

JS 25             Berlin 1889   Allegro, for Cornet in Eb, 2 Cornets in Bb, Alto horn, Tenor horn, Baritone horn                         2007

     (Euphonium), Tuba and Triangle

JS 45       Lovisa 1890–91  Andantino and Minuetto, for Cornet in Eb, 2 Cornets in Bb,                                                         2007

                           Alto horn, 2 Tenor horns and Tuba

JS 83             Lovisa 1891  Förspel (Prelude) for Cornet in Eb, 2 Cornets in Bb, Alto horn, Tenor horn, Baritone horn         2007

     (Euphonium), Tuba and Triangle

JS 146           Lovisa 1889  Ouverture in F minor, for Cornet in Eb, 2 Cornets in Bb,                                                             2007

                           Alto horn, 2 Tenor horns and Tuba

JS 200           1899              Tiera for Cornet in Eb, 2 Cornets in Bb, Alto horn, Tenor horn, Baritone horn                             2007

                                                (Euphonium), Tuba, Cymbals and Gran Cassa

Op. 91a         1917              Jääkärien marssi/Jägarmarschen (March of the Finnish Jaeger Batallion)                                   2007

     (arr. for brass ensemble by Anonymous)

Op. 91b         1897–99        Partiolaisten marssi/Scout-marsch (Scout March), for brass ensemble and percussion                2007

Cello and Piano

JS 40             1884              Andantino in C major                                                                                                  2005, 2008, 2011

JS 36             1887              Andante molto in F minor                                                                                           2003, 2006, 2012

JS 196           1887              [Theme and Variations] in D minor, for cello solo                                                                         2004             

JS 193           1887              Walse fantastique. Tempo di valse, the piano part reconstructed by Kalevi Aho (2006)                   2008, 2011

- -                  1887–89        [Mazurka] in G minor, for solo cello, World Première Performance 20032003

JS 76             1887–88        [Lento] in E flat minor, World Première Performance 2010                                            2010             

JS 91             1888              [Andante], fragment in B minor, World Première Performance 20032003

JS 92             1888–89        [Andantino], fragment in B minor, World Première Performance 2004                                               2004

- -                  1888–89        Andante molto, fragment in B minor, World Première Performance 2005                      2005

JS 13             1889              Adagio in F sharp minor                                                                                                                 2012

JS 194      Lovisa 1889       Tempo di valseLulu valsen’  (‘The  Lulu Waltz’)                                                               2008, 2011

Op. 20           1900              Malinconia                                                                                                                            2008, 2016                  

1898                      Kung Kristian II (King Christian II),

                 incidental music to the play by A. Paul:  

Op. 27/1        1898              1. Élégie (arr. for cello and piano by Georg Schnéevoigt)                                                              2016

Op. 77/1        1914              Cantique (Laetare anima mea)                                                                                                       2011

Op. 78/2        1915              Romance in F major                                                                                                                        2009 

Op. 78/3        1917              Religioso                                                                                                                                         2004

Violin and Piano

JS 35             1884–85        Andante grazioso                                                                                                                            2009

JS 7               1886              [Moderato]-Presto-[Tempo I] in A minor                                                                                      2003

- -           Hafträsk 1886      [Minuetto] in D minor                                                                                      2002, 2005, 2007, 2008

JS 55             1886              [Étude] in D major, for solo violin                                                                                        2008, 2016

1886–87        [Five Pieces for Violin and Piano]                                                                                        2003, 2011

JS 87             1886–87        [Allegretto] in G major                                                                                                          2003, 2011

JS 89             1886–87        [Tempo di valse] in B minor, completed by Jaakko Kuusisto                                                        2003, 2011

JS 4               1886–87        [Mazurka] in A major                                                                                                           2003, 2011

JS 49             1886–87        [Andante molto] in C major                                                                                                  2003, 2011

JS 3               1886–87        [Aubade] in A major                                                          &n