Valse Triste

From Wind Repertory Project
Jean Sibelius

Jean Sibelius (arr. Frank Winterbottom)

General Info

Year: 1903 / 1911 / 1939 /
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: BOVACO Music, through C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00

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Condensed Score
C (or D-flat) Piccolo
C (or D-flat) Flute
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet (or Flute)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet (div.)
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet (div.)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Valse triste (Sad Waltz), Op. 44, No. 1, is a short orchestral work by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. It was originally part of the incidental music he composed for his brother-in-law Arvid Järnefelt's 1903 play Kuolema (Death), but is far better known as a separate concert piece.

Sibelius wrote six pieces for the 2 December 1903 production of Kuolema. The first was titled Tempo di valse lente - Poco risoluto. In 1904 he revised the piece, which was performed in Helsinki on 25 April of that year as Valse triste. It was an instant hit with the public, took on a life of its own, and remains one of Sibelius's signature pieces.

- Program note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Columbus (Ohio) State Community College Concert Band (Thomas Lloyd, conductor) - 12 March 2008

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