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Emil Genetz

Karl Emil Moritz Genetz (October 24, 1852 – May 1, 1930) was a Finnish composer of patriotic choral works.

Genetz was born in Impilahti, Finland (now in the Republic of Karelia). He became professionally employed as a language teacher, but gained prominence for his choral compositions. After studying chemistry and law at the University of Helsinki, he became a singer in the Finnish Opera, and traveled on a state grant to study at the Dresden Conservatory from 1875 to 1877. He spent time in various cities of Finland, including Hämeenlinna, Helsinki, and Hamina, working as a German language teacher, composing patriotic works, and conducting choirs. He died in Helsinki in 1930. Many of his works are still well known in modern Finland.

James Fuld in his The Book of World-Famous Music points out that the first two measures of Genetz' Herää Suomi! (Arise Finland!) for male chorus, published in 1882, are almost identical with the main tune of Jean Sibelius' Finlandia of 1900, during which time the Grand Duchy of Finland was part of the Russian Empire, which makes one consider how blatantly revolutionary against the Czarist regime Sibelius' wordless orchestral piece was.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 24, 1852 (Impilahti), Died May 1, 1930 (Helsinki)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1913 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-13436 10-in. 6/16/1913 Terve Suomeni maa Finnish-American Elite Choir Female vocal chorus, unaccompanied composer  
Gramophone BW1699 10-in. 6/1/1928 Sotamarssi Mieskuoro Laulu-Miehet Male vocal chorus composer  
Gramophone BW1700 10-in. 6/1/1928 Oi jos ilta joutuisi (Oh that evening would come) Mieskuoro Laulu-Miehet ; Eino Rautavaara Male vocal chorus and soloist, unaccompanied composer  
Gramophone 0EA6220 10-in. 2/11/1938 Voi jos ilta joutuisi Martti Turunen ; Helge Virkkunen ; Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat Male vocal chorus, with male vocal solo arranger  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Genetz, Emil," accessed March 1, 2024,

Genetz, Emil. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 1, 2024, from

"Genetz, Emil." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 1 March 2024.

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