Martin Wegelius

Martin Wegelius (10 November 1846 – 22 March 1906) was a Finnish composer and musicologist, primarily remembered as the founder, in 1882, of the Helsinki Music Institute, now known as the Sibelius Academy.

Wegelius studied in Leipzig, Vienna and Munich. He had intended to pursue a career as a composer, and wrote handful of orchestral works and a significant number of chamber and vocal works. He was a particular admirer of Wagner but wrote predominantly in the Romantic style. After founding the Institute he had little time for composing, and appears to have concentrated exclusively on teaching. The most famous graduate of Wegelius' Institute was Jean Sibelius.

He is often compared with his contemporary and rival Robert Kajanus, founder of the Helsinki Symphony Orchestra, the first professional symphony orchestra in the Nordic countries.

He is buried in the Hietaniemi Cemetery in Helsinki.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 10th, 1846 (Helsinki), Died March 22nd, 1906 (Helsinki)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1915

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor E-4638 8-in. 7/8/1907 Honkaen peskellä John M. Eriksen Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 43635 10-in. December 1915 Tääll' on mun kultani Jean Theslöf Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  


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"Wegelius, Martin." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 September 2021.

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