Valse triste from Op. 44
Performers interested in the Valse triste versions for Solo instrument and piano by Friedrich Hermann and for piano duet by Otto Taubmann published by Breitkopf & Härtel should know that they can enjoy them without any reservations whatsoever, since they are authentic.
They were commissioned by the publisher after Sibelius gave his agreement. In fact, the composer, who was not always mildly disposed towards such undertakings, even went over them, as can be seen inthe composer’s copies.