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P. J. Hannikainen

Pekka Juhani "P. J." Hannikainen (December 9, 1854, Nurmes, Finland – September 13, 1924, Helsinki) was a Finnish composer and the head of a prominent Finnish musical family.

Hannikainen was born in Nurmes but moved to Jyväskylä to attend school. He then studied chemistry in Helsinki and later lived in Jyväskylä and Helsinki.

Hannikainen was the founder and conductor of the first Finnish student choir, the YL Male Voice Choir, from 1882 to 1885. He also founded the Mieskuoro Sirkat choir in 1899. From 1887 to 1891, he was the editor of the first Finnish music magazine, Säveleitä.

He was the father of the pianist Ilmari Hannikainen (1892–1955), the composer Väinö Hannikainen (1900–1960), and the cellist Tauno Hannikainen (1896–1968). He is buried in Hietaniemi Cemetery in Helsinki.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 9th, 1854 (Nurmes), Died September 13th, 1924 (Helsinki)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Notes: Name also seen on disc labels as J. P. Hannikainen.


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-22350 10-in. 12/17/1918 Luoja taivasten Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with organ composer  
Victor BVE-57114 10-in. 10/24/1929 Kulkeissani vainioilla Jukka Ahti Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano composer  
Columbia 44609 10-in. approximately October 1916 Karjalaisten laulu Juho Koskelo Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hannikainen, P. J.," accessed August 3, 2021,

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"Hannikainen, P. J.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 August 2021.

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