Edvard Armas Järnefelt (1869 – 1958), was a Finnish
composer and conductor. Refered to as 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.
Although originally written for small orchestra and
percussion, I created this transcription for Flute,
Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, F Trombone,
Timpani (C & F), Xylophone, Tubular Bells & String
Ensemble (Violins (2), Viola, Cello & Bass).