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FREDRIK PACIUS  

(1809 - 1891)

Fredrik (Friedrich) Pacius was born on 19 March 1809 in Hamburg. He Pacius studied composition and the violin in his native Germany. He went on to join the Court Orchestra in Stockholm and finally became teacher of music at the University of Helsinki (1835–69). In Helsinki, he combined and improved the budding musical life of the city, conducted choirs and orchestras and organized hundreds of concerts on a grand scale. The title of ‘Father of Finnish Music’ bestowed on him is no exaggeration in view of his accomplishments. Not only was he a teacher and a performer, he was also a composer and a poet. The premiere production of the opera Kaarle kuninkaan metsstys (The Hunt of King Charles) in 1852 was a milestone in the history of Finnish music: it was the first grand opera written in Finland, even if the libretto by Topelius was in Swedish. A Finnish translation was provided by Jalmari Finne at the turn of the century.

Pacius was thoroughly grounded in German Romanticism, which he continued to uphold in his later works for the stage, Kypron prinsessa (Princess of Cyprus) and Loreley. Pacius also contributed to national sentiments in Finland through his settings of poems by the national poet Runeberg, including ‘Maamme’ (Our land), today Finland’s national anthem, ‘Suomen laulu’ (Finland’s song) and ‘Sotilaspoika’ (Soldier boy).

He died on 8 January 1891 in Helsinki.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Complete National Anthems of the World Marco Polo 8.201001

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Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Choral Concert: Helsinki Academic Male Voice Choir - PACIUS, F. (Hymn to Finland) BIS
BIS-CD-1694
Choral - Secular, Vocal Ensemble, Choral - Secular, Opera, Vocal Ensemble, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: Studenter-Sangforeningen (Gaudeamus igitur - Student Songs and Drinking Songs) Naxos
8.572397
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: Tapiola Choir - MERIKANTO, O. / SIBELIUS, J. / PACIUS, F. / TORMIS, V. / MELLNAS, A. / SALLINEN, A. / JALKANEN, P. / HANNIKAINEN, P. Ondine
ODE1003-2
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: Tapiola Choir - PACIUS, F. / KUUSISTO, T. / KILPINEN, Y. / SIBELIUS, J. / MERIKANTO, O. / HANNIKAINEN, P. / ENNOLA, J. / KLEMETTI, H. Ondine
ODE785-2
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: YL Male Voice Choir - HANNIKAINEN, P.J. / BELLMAN, C.M. / HERMES, E. / FOUGSTEDT, N.-E. (Kevatsointuja) Ondine
ODE1144-2
Choral - Secular
Early One Morning - Finnish Orchestral Favourites Naxos
8.578143-44
Chamber Music
FINLANDIA: A Festival of Finnish Music BIS
BIS-CD-575
Orchestral
MILLAR BRASS ENSEMBLE: World Anthems Delos
DE3199
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
NATIONAL ANTHEMS OF THE EU COUNTRIES IN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGES Ondine
ODE999-2C
Choral - Secular
NATIONAL ANTHEMS OF THE WORLD (2004 Olympic Edition), Vol. 2: Democratic People's Republic of Korea - Kyrgyzstan Marco Polo
8.225297
Orchestral
NATIONAL ANTHEMS OF THE WORLD (COMPLETE) (2005 Edition), Vol. 3: Denmark - Grenada Marco Polo
8.225321
Orchestral
Opera Arias / Songs (Baritone): Tibbett, Lawrence - BIZET, G. / LEONCAVALLO, R. / ROSSINI, G. / SPEAKS, O. / WOLFE, J. (1928-1940) Delos
DE5500
Vocal
PACIUS: Kaarle Kuninkaan Metsastys (The Hunt of King Charles) Naxos
8.660122-23
Opera
PACIUS: Loreley (Die) BIS
BIS-CD-1393-94
Opera
PACIUS: Princess of Cyprus (The) - Incidental Music to the play by Zacharias Topelius BIS
BIS-CD-1340
Orchestral
PACIUS: The Hunt of King Charles (Kaarle Kuninkaan Metsastys) Marco Polo
8.225317-18
Opera
PETERSON-BERGER, W.: Songs for Mixed Choir a cappella (Complete) (Swedish Choral Society, Vol. 2) (Westberg) Naxos
8.572393-94
Vocal Ensemble
SOUNDS OF FINLAND BIS
BIS-CD-94
Choral - Secular
SUOMALAISIA KLASSISIA SUOSIKKISAVELMIA (Finnish Classical Favourites), Vol. 2 Naxos
8.570839
Chamber Music
UNITED STATES Yale Strom: Garden of Yidn Naxos World Music
76005-2
World
Vocal Recital: Isokoski, Soile - MELARTIN, E. / SONNINEN, A. / HANNIKAINEN, I. / KASKI, H. / PACIUS, F. / KILPINEN, Y. / MERIKANTO, O. Ondine
ODE963-2
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Isokoski, Soile - STRAUSS, R. / MELARTIN, E. / HANNIKAINEN, I. / KASKI, H. / PACIUS, F. (Essential Highlights of Soile Isokoski) Ondine
ODE251-2D
Vocal
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