Armas Järnefelt

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Edvard Armas Järnefelt (August 14, 1869 – June 23, 1958), was a Finnish composer and conductor.

Armas Järnefelt was born in Vyborg, in the Grand Duchy of Finland, the son of general August Aleksander Järnefelt and Elisabeth Järnefelt (née Clodt von Jürgensburg). His siblings were Kasper, Arvid, Erik, Ellida, Ellen, Aino, Hilja and Sigrid. Armas Järnefelt was the first Finnish composer to conduct Richard Wagner's operas in Finland. He achieved some minor success with his orchestral works Berceuse and Praeludium.

Järnefelt's music teacher in Helsinki was Ferruccio Busoni and in Paris, Jules Massenet. He enjoyed a close relationship with Jean Sibelius, who was married to Järnefelt's sister Aino. From 1905 Armas Järnefelt worked in Sweden. He became a Swedish citizen in 1909, and died in Stockholm.

On June first 2012 a display of AJ paraphernalia was opened in the entrance of the Sibelius Academy situated in Helsinki Music Center.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 The Orchestral Music of Armas Järnefelt (1869-1958) Armas Järnefelt; Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Koivula 1
2010 Symphonic Fantasy / Berceuse / Serenade / Suite in E-flat major Armas Järnefelt; Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Jaakko Kuusisto 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Finnish Orchestral Classics Compilation Jean Sibelius, Armas Järnefelt, Erkki Melartin, Selim Palmgren, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Heikki Aaltoila, Heino Kaski, Leevi Madetoja, Uuno Klami 2

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