List of symphonic poems

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This is a list of some notable composers who wrote symphonic poems.

Mily Balakirev[edit]

  • Russia (Second Overture on Russian Themes)
  • In Bohemia (Overture on Czech Themes)
  • Tamara

Béla Bartók[edit]

Arnold Bax[edit]

  • Cathaleen-ni-Hoolihan (1905)
  • Into the Twilight (1908)
  • In the Faëry Hills (1909)
  • Rosc-catha (1910)
  • Christmas Eve (1912, r. 1921)
  • Nympholept (1912, orch. 1915, r. 1935)
  • The Garden of Fand (1913, orch. 1916)
  • Spring Fire (1913)
  • In Memoriam (1916)
  • November Woods (1917)
  • Tintagel (1917, orch. 1919)
  • Summer Music (1917, orch. 1921, r. 1932)
  • The Happy Forest (1922)
  • The Tale the Pine Trees Knew (1931)
  • Northern Ballad No. 1 (1927)
  • Northern Ballad No. 2 (1934)
  • Prelude for a Solemn Occasion (Northern Ballad No. 3) (1927, orch. 1933)
  • A Legend (1944)

Hector Berlioz[edit]

  • Chasse royale et orage

Alexander Borodin[edit]

George Whitefield Chadwick[edit]

Ernest Chausson[edit]

Claude Debussy[edit]

Frederick Delius[edit]

  • Hiawatha, VI/2 (1888)
  • Three Small Tone-poems, VI/7 (1890)
  1. Summer Evening
  2. Winter Night (or, Sleigh Ride)
  3. Spring Morning
  • Paa Vidderne (On the Mountains), VI/10 (1890–92)
  • Over the Hills and Far Away, VI/11 (1895–97); fantasy overture for orchestra
  • Paris: The Song of a Great City, VI/14 (1899–1900); nocturne for orchestra
  • Two Pieces for Small Orchestra, VI/19 (1911–12)
  1. On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
  2. Summer Night on the River

Paul Dukas[edit]

Antonín Dvořák[edit]

Edward Elgar[edit]

George Enescu[edit]

Lorenzo Ferrero[edit]

Zdeněk Fibich[edit]

  • Othello, Op. 6
  • Spring, Op 13
  • Záboj, Slavoj a Luděk, Op. 37
  • The Tempest, Op. 46
  • Toman and the Wood Nymph, Op. 49

César Franck[edit]

  • Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne, symphonic poem after Victor Hugo, (1845–87, posth.)
  • Rédemption, for soprano, chorus and orchestra, M. 52 (1872, r. 1874)
  • Les Éolides, M. 43 (1876)
  • Le Chasseur maudit (The Accursed Huntsman), M. 44 (1882)
  • Les Djinns, for piano and orchestra, M. 45 (1884)
  • Psyché, for orchestra and chorus, M. 47 (1886–88)

George Gershwin[edit]

Alexander Glazunov[edit]

Geoffrey Gordon[edit]

Ferde Grofé[edit]

Percy Grainger[edit]

Karl Amadeus Hartmann[edit]

  • Miserae (1933–34, previously titled Symphony No. 1)

Lee Holdridge[edit]

  • Scenes of Summer (September/October 1973)

Gustav Holst[edit]

Arthur Honegger[edit]

John Ireland[edit]

Mieczysław Karłowicz[edit]

  • Returning Waves, Op. 9 (1904)
  • Eternal Songs, Op. 10 (1906)
  • Lithuanian Rhapsody, Op. 11 (1906)
  • Stanisław i Anna Ošwiecimowie, Op. 12 (1906)
  • Sorrowful Tale, op.13 (1908)
  • An Episode during Masquerade, Op. 14 (1908–09)

Franz Liszt[edit]

William Lloyd Webber[edit]

Leevi Madetoja[edit]

  • Kullervo, Op. 15 (1913)
  • Sammon ryöstö (The Abduction of The Sampo), for baritone and male choir, Op. 24 (1915); text from the Kalevala
  • Aslak Smaukka, for baritone and male choir, Op. 37 (1917)
  • Väinämöisen kylvö (Väinämöinen Sows the Wilderness), for soprano (or tenor), Op. 46 (1919–20); text from the Kalevala

Frederik Magle[edit]

Paul McCartney[edit]

Felix Mendelssohn[edit]

Richard Mohaupt[edit]

  • Town Piper Music (Stadtpfeifermusik) (1941)

Modest Mussorgsky[edit]

Carl Nielsen[edit]

Sergei Rachmaninoff[edit]

Osmo Tapio Räihälä[edit]

Max Reger[edit]

Cemal Reşit Rey[edit]

  • Bebek Efsanesi, symphonic poem for orchestra
  • Karagöz
  • Denizciler Marşı Başlayış
  • Çağrılış
  • Fatih

Ottorino Respighi[edit]

  • Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome), P 106 (1916); part I of Respighi's Roman Trilogy
  • Ballata delle gnomidi (Ballad of the Gnomes), P 124 (1919)
  • Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome), P 141 (1924); part II of Respighi's Roman Trilogy
  • Feste Romane (Roman Festivals), P 157 (1928); part III of Respighi's Roman Trilogy

Silvestre Revueltas[edit]

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov[edit]

Camille Saint-Saëns[edit]

  • Spartacus (1863)
  • Le Rouet d'Omphale, op.31 (1869)
  • Phaéton, op. 39 (1873)
  • Danse macabre, Op.40 (1874)
  • La Jeunesse d'Hercule, Op.50 (1877)
  • La Muse et le Poète, Op.132 (1910)

Arnold Schoenberg[edit]

Alexander Scriabin[edit]

Dmitri Shostakovich[edit]

  • October, Op. 131 (1967)

Jean Sibelius[edit]

One of the most prolific (and significant) contributors to the genre; compositions marked with an asterisk were inspired by Finnish mythology:

  • En saga (A Saga or A Fairy Tale), Op. 9 (1892, r. 1902)
  • Vårsång (Spring Song), Op. 16 (1894, r. 1895 and 1902)
  • Skogsrået (The Wood Nymph), Op. 15 (1894–95)
  • Lemminkäinen Suite (also known as Four Legends from the Kalevala), a cycle of four symphonic poems, Op. 22 (1895) *
  1. Lemminkäinen ja saaren neidot (Lemminkäinen and the Maidens of the Island) (1895, r. 1897 and 1939) *
  2. Tuonelan joutsen (The Swan of Tuonela) (1893-1895, r. 1897 and 1900) *
  3. Lemminkäinen Tuonelassa (Lemminkäinen in Tuonela) (1895, r. 1897 and 1939) *
  4. Lemminkäinen palaa kotitienoille (Lemminkäinen's Return) (1895, r. 1897 and 1900) *

Bedřich Smetana[edit]

  • Richard III, Op. 11/JB 1:70 (1857–58)
  • Valdštýnův tábor (Wallenstein's Camp), Op. 14/JB 1:72 (1858–59)
  • Hakon Jarl, Op. 16/JB 1:79 (1860–61)
  • Má vlast (My Homeland), JB 1:112 (1974–79); a cycle of six symphonic poems
  1. Vyšehrad (The High Castle)
  2. Vltava (The Moldau)
  3. Šárka
  4. Z českých luhů a hájů (From Bohemia's Woods and Fields)
  5. Tábor
  6. Blaník

Richard Strauss[edit]

One of the most prolific (and important) contributors to the genre. He preferred the term "tone poem," rather than "symphonic poem."

Josef Suk[edit]

  • Pohádka Léta, Op.29 (A Summer's Tale)
  • Praga
  • The Ripening
  • Cycle of Symphonic Poems from Czech History

Igor Stravinsky[edit]

Sergei Taneyev[edit]

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky[edit]

Geirr Tveitt[edit]

Johan Wagenaar[edit]

Richard Wagner[edit]

Anton Webern[edit]

  • Im Sommerwind (actually 'Idyll after B. Wille', 1904)

Eric Whitacre[edit]

  • Godzilla Eats Las Vegas (for winds, 1996)

Haydn Wood[edit]

  • Mannin Veen: Dear Isle of Man (1933)

Alexander von Zemlinsky[edit]

See also[edit]