Sibelius composed the King Christian II Suite in 1898. The concert suite is a selection from the incidental music for the play written by his friend Adolf Paul. The play deals with the love of King Christian II, ruler of Denmark, Sweden and Norway, for a Dutch girl Dyvecke, a commoner. A complete performance of the suite takes about 25 minutes. The suite movements are Nocturne, Elegy,Musette, Serenade and the Ballade. The Fool's Song of the Spider is lost from the incidental music sketches.