The Dryad, only about five minutes in length, is one of Sibelius's shortest and most original orchestral works. He completed it in 1910. The first public performance took place in Oslo in October, at the same concert as the first public performance of In Memoriam. Elmer Diktonius described The Dryad: "Like "a leaf quivering briskly in the woods". Erik Tawaststjerna called it "a fascinating image of nature".