It was originally composed as part of the incidental music for Molière's Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, but the piece was never used for it. It appeared as part of the incidental music the first English production of Maurice Maeterlinck's play, Pelléas et Mélisande, and in the suite prepared for separate performance by the composer. In addition, it was published as a solo for cello (or violin) with piano accompaniment dedicated to the British cellist William Henry Squire (1871–1963).
In popular culture
- The piece features in the opening of the Better Call Saul episode "Cobbler", where Chuck McGill attempts to play the piano accompaniment (without the melody of the solo part), but seems emotionally unable to play it through.
- The piece is also featured in the anime Hyōka.
- An orchestral arrangement of the piece appears in the soundtrack of the video game Civilization V.
- The piece was part of the OST of the TV series of South Korea Cantabile Tomorrow.
- Woodstra, Chris; Brennan, Gerald; Schrott, Allen, eds. (2005). "Sicilienne, for cello & piano, Op. 78 (Apr. 16, 1898)". All Music Guide to Classical Music. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 432. ISBN 9780879308650. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- "G. Faure - Sicilienne (Op. 78) for Flute and Orchestra". Classical Collection Inc.com. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
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