Kullervo, Op.7 (Sibelius, Jean)

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Work Title Kullervo
Alternative. Title (Symphony or tone poem?) for soprano (or mezzo?), baritone, male choir and orchestra.
Composer Sibelius, Jean
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.7
Key E minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 5 sections
1. Introduction
2. Kullervo's Youth
3. Kullervo and His Sister
4. Kullervo Goes to Battle
5. Kullervo's Death
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1892 (completion)
First Performance. 1892-04-28
First Publication. 1961 - Wiesbaden: Breitkopf und Härtel (facsimile of copyist manuscript)
Copyright Information Most likely public domain in the USA, despite publication date.

In the USA this work is most likely in the public domain because it was published without a compliant copyright notice, no renewal was found after a thorough search of the Catalog of Copyright Entries, or it was either ineligible for "restoration" under GATT/TRIPs and/or no record of an NIE filing was found in the online records of the US Copyright Office.

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Librettist Sibelius, based on the Kalevala
Language Finnish
Average DurationAvg. Duration 70-80 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Voices: soprano, baritone, male choir
External Links Wikipedia article

Misc. Comments

Also see Glenda Dawn Doss' book "Sibelius: A Composer's Life and the Awakening of Finland" (Google previewable) and (if one has access) her preface to the 2005 Urtext edition (which also has a somewhat different text- as in vocal part, not just music- with explanation in the preface. Sibelius made his own changes to the tale of Kullervo; a few words here or there which however do change the sense of some lines in major ways in e.g. the middle of the 3rd movement, a word meaning money to a word meaning desire, for example.) (The decision to use male choir rather than full chorus was reached, btw, at a suggestion from Wasenius (iirc), but Sibelius agreed.) Goss describes the appearance of the manuscript of the last two movements in such fashion that it's something of a wonder that any performances occurred before 1961 not conducted by Sibelius (one assumes the copyist at least made readable, if perhaps very error-filled, copies; the full score, however, seems to have been completed in such a hurry for the - even so! - delayed premiere, of Sibelius' first really major work and Finland's first major choral symphony on a Finnish text - that, as Goss describes them, those two movements in particular - really are a mess.- ES

3rd movement also published separately in 1961.