Seven Songs by Jean Sibelius

Instrumentation: *2*2*22/ 4 2 3 1/ timp. + 2perc/ hp/ strings
Duration: ca. 18'

Programme Notes

Orchestrations of the following songs:

  • Vilse, Op.17 No.4
  • Illalle, Op.17 No.6 (transposed mionor third higher than original)
  • Soluppgång, Op.37 No.3
  • Var det en dröm?, Op.37 No.4
  • Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte, Op.37 No.5
  • Säv, Säv, Susa, Op.36 No.4 (transposed minor second higher than original)
  • Svarta Rosor, Op.36 No.1


Audio Samples



June 15, 17 , 2006

Conductor: Peter Oundjian
Roy Thomson Hall
Toronto, Ontario



Subsequent Performances

Ben Heppner, tenor Los Angeles Philharmonic. October 25, 26 2007 Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, California


Ben Heppner, tenor Los Angeles Philharmonic November 5, 2007 Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Salle Pleyel, Paris, France

Ben Heppner, tenor Los Angeles Philharmonic November 10, 2007 Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Barbican Hall, London, England


"Estacio’s orchestrations were nothing short of gorgeous, with limpid sounds and pulsing textures that often echoed Sibelius’s own experimentations in odd pairings of instruments". - John Terauds, The Toronto Star

"Estacio’s versions were smart and idiomatic, and sometimes quite original. His rendition of Soluppgang, about a knight preparing to leave home for battle, alternated between sections for portentous Wagnerian brasses and transparent writing for a few front-desk strings.

Estacio used his big orchestra sparingly and well, giving a fresh woodwind colouring to Vilse, and providing a layered ensemble tutti for Heppner to ride up to the effusive crests in Var det en drom?" - Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail



Score/Parts Rental

For more information on score and parts rental for Seven Songs by Jean Sibelius, contact John Estacio