Armas Järnefelt: Festouverture D major


Armas Järnefelt (1869–1958) composed his Festouverture (Festive Overture) for the official opening of the Finnish National Theatre on 9 April 1902. This was a great event in the history of Finnish theatre, for it meant that the Finnish Theatre founded by Kaarlo and Emilie Bergbom in 1872 at last had a home of its own. The 8- minute overture is a jubilant example of Järnefelt’s orchestral writing, through which he introduced a new, Wagnerian voice into Finnish music.
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