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Overture in F Minor

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Jean Sibelius

Jean Sibelius (trans. Robert Ambrose)

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This work may be found under its title in Swedish, Alkusoitto F-Molli

General Info

Year: 1889 / 1988 / 2018
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass septet
Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sibelius composed several works for torviseitsikko, a specifically Finnish instrumental combination consisting of E flat soprano cornet, two B flat cornets, E flat alt horn, B flat tenor horn, B flat euphonium, E flat bass and percussion. The torviseitsikko soon developed its own unique repertoire and gained widespread popularity. The town of Lovisa’s volunteer fire brigade had an active torviseitsikko and it was almost certainly for this ensemble (directed by the German-born Christian Haupt, a friend of Sibelius’s) that Sibelius composed the Overture in F minor (1889), his longest and most thoroughly worked-out work for brass ensemble.

After an imposing Lento introduction Sibelius delights in writing sparkling, witty and often agile themes.

- Program Note from liner notes of BIS CD The Sibelius Edition: Chamber Music II


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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