Piano Sonata in F major (Sibelius)

Piano Sonata
by Jean Sibelius

The composer in 1892, by Eero Jaernefelt
Key F major
Catalogue Op. 12
Composed 1893 (1893)
Performed 17 April 1895 (1895-04-17)
Movements 3

The Sonata in F major, Op. 12, is a piano sonata in three movements by Jean Sibelius, completed in 1893.

It was first performed by Oskar Merikanto in Helsinki on 17 April 1895.[1] Ilmari Hannikainen, a prominent Finnish composer, said "the F major Piano sonata... a splendid work. Fresh, refreshing and full of life. … I have sometimes heard people mention the orchestral tone of the sonata (the left-hand tremolos) … In my opinion the sonata shows Sibelian piano style at its most genuine. There is no question of there being any tremolos in it. Everything that looks like that is really to be played in quavers or semi-quavers, in the manner of, say, Beethoven's piano sonatas. … When it is well and carefully rehearsed - and performed - the F major sonata is truly a virtuoso piece."[2]


  1. Allegro
  2. Andantino
  3. Vivacissimo


  1. Goss, Glenda (2009). Sibelius : A Composer's Life and the Awakening of Finland. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. p. 206. ISBN 9780226304779.
  2. "Piano compositions". Jean Sibelius. Finnish Club of Helsinki. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
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