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Sotheby’s auction results


Of the four Sibelius manuscripts auctioned at Sotheby’s on 24 May 2016, two found buyers.

Pohjola’s Daughter (Lot 149) was sold for £221,000 (including buyer’s premium).

Pages from The Captive Queen (Lot 152) were sold for £32,500 (including buyer’s premium).

The piano transcription of Pelléas et Mélisande (Lot 151) and pages from the Violin Concerto (Lot 150) remained unsold.

Major Sibelius manuscripts at auction


Several major Sibelius manuscripts are being sold at auction by Sotheby’s, London, on 24 May 2016.

It is rare for major Sibelius manuscripts to be sold, and even rarer for a number of important manuscripts to be offered at the same time. All of the works in question are among the pieces that were published by Robert Lienau in the first decade of the twentieth century.

Foremost among these is the autograph manuscript of Pohjola’s Daughter; Sotheby’s remark that ‘no manuscript of this importance and calibre has appeared on the market for over ten years’. Also on sale are the primary sources for the final version of the Violin Concerto (although most of the autograph score is lost) and the complete piano transcription of the incidental music to Pelléas et Mélisande. Finally there is a set of eight autograph fragments, plus a score containing other revisions, pertaining to the male choir version of the patriotic cantata The Captive Queen.

The Pelléas manuscript is of particular interest because it contains two previously unknown piano transcriptions of movements that were omitted from the published piano version of the suite.

The estimated price range for these items ranges from £30,000–50,000 (The Captive Queen) to £200,000–300,000 (Pohjola’s Daughter).

Links to Sotheby’s auction pages:
Pohjola’s Daughter (Lot 149) — — Violin Concerto (Lot 150)
Pelléas et Mélisande (Lot 151) — — The Captive Queen (Lot 152)

Pelléas et Mélisande internationally

Sibelius’s incidental music to Maeterlinck’s Pelléas et Mélisande (Op. 46, 1905) has always drawn audiences with its sharp characterization, rich melodies, elegant orchestral writing and exquisite proportions. In the closing months of 2015, the music is being performed worldwide, for example at the following locations:

New York (USA)

16th October 2015 at 8 pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
3 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023    Tickets: click here

Urban Playground

Still: Troubled Island Suite (world première of Suite)
Coleridge-Taylor: Romance for Violin and Orchestra *
Coleridge-Taylor: Keep Me From Sinking Down * (East Coast première)
Sibelius: Pelléas et Mélisande

* John McLaughlin Williams, violin
Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Cunningham, artistic director

Pardubice (Czech Republic)

9th / 10th / 11th November 2015 at 7.30 pm
Sukova síň Domu hudby v Pardubicích


Sibelius: Pelléas et Mélisande
Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 1, K 412
Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11

Tunca Dogu, horn
Komorní filharmonie Pardubice (Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice)
Michael Roháč, conductor

Southampton (UK)

29th November 2015 at 3 pm
Turner Sims, Southampton   Tickets: click here


Sibelius: Impromptu for strings (including original piano version)
Valse triste, Op. 44 No. 1
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 46
Andante festivo, JS 34b

Robin Browning, conductor
David Owen Norris, presenter / piano

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