Seven Songs, Op. 17 (Sibelius)

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Seven Songs, Op. 17, is a collection of Swedish and Finnish songs by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius for solo voice and piano. The music was written between 1891 and 1904:

  • No. 1 Se'n har jag ej frågat mera (Since then I have enquired no further) (J.L. Runeberg). Finished 1891-92; Arranged as a song with orchestra in 1903.
  • No. 2 Sov in! (Go to Sleep!) (Karl August Tavaststjerna). Finished 1891−92.
  • No. 3 Fågellek (Enticement) (Karl August Tavaststjerna). Finished 1891.
  • No. 4 Vilse (Astray) (Karl August Tavaststjerna). First version finished in 1898, final version in 1902.
  • No. 5 En slända (Dragonfly) (Oscar Levertin). Finished in 1904.
  • No. 6 Illalle (To Evening) (Aukusti Valdemar Forsman, Finnish surname Koskimies). Finished in 1898. The poem was written for Koskimies' fiancée and wife, Ilta Bergroth, whose name, Ilta, means 'evening'.
  • No. 7 Lastu lainehilla (Driftwood) (Ilmari Calamnius, Finnish surname Kianto). Finished in 1902. Sibelius also set the song in German, 'Der Span auf den Wellen' (translated by Alfred Julius Boruttau (1877-1940)).

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  • Lyrics below are from The LiederNet Archive
  • No.1 [1] in Swedish and English.
  • No.2 [2] in Swedish and Finnish.
  • No.3 [3] in Swedish.
  • No.4 [4] in Swedish and Finnish.
  • No.6 [5] in Finnish and English.
  • No.7 [6] in Finnish and German, 'Der Span auf den Wellen' (trans. by Alfred Julius Boruttau (1877-1940).