Armas Otto Väisänen

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Armas Otto Aapo Väisänen
Armas Otto Väisänen in 1913
Born (1890-04-09)9 April 1890
Savonranta, Grand Duchy of Finland
Died 18 July 1969(1969-07-18) (aged 79)
Helsinki, Finland
Nationality Finnish
Other names A. O. Väisänen
Occupation scholar
Known for folk music

Armas Otto Aapo Väisänen (9 April 1890 Savonranta – 18 July 1969 Helsinki)[1] was an eminent Finnish scholar of folk music, an ethnographer and ethnomusicologist.[2] In the early twentieth century he documented by recording and photographing traditional Finnish and other Finno-Ugric peoples music and musicians.[3] With a scholarship from the Finno-Ugrian Society Väisänen traveled to Russia in 1914 to collect Finno Ugrian folk melodies.[4] He made field trips to Mordovia, Ingria, Veps, Russian Karelia.[1] His activities also marked the a new stage in the history of collecting Seto folk songs in Southern Estonia.[5] After the first trip in 1912 he made 6 fieldtrips to Estonia between 1912–1923.[1]

A. O. Väisänen's dissertation was presented in 1939 on ob-ugrian folk music in German: Untersuchungen über die Ob-ugrischen Melodien: eine vergleichende Studien nebst methodischer Einleitung.[1]

Between 1926–1957 Väisänen hold the position of the head of the folk music department at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland.[1] He was the professor of musicology at University of Helsinki from 1956–1959.


  1. ^ a b c d e Finnish: "Armas Otto Väisänen". Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Goss, Glenda (1998). Jean Sibelius: a guide to research. Psychology Press. p. 189. ISBN 0-8153-1171-0. 
  3. ^ World music: the rough guide. Africa, Europe and the Middle East, Volume 1. Rough Guides. 1999. p. 94. ISBN 1-85828-635-2. 
  4. ^ Iso Karhu: arkistokuvia etäisten kielisukulaistemme asuinsijoilta. Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, 1980. 1980. ISBN 951-9074-50-3. 
  5. ^ Ross, Jaan (2001). The temporal structure of Estonian runic songs. Walter de Gruyter. p. 29. ISBN 3-11-017032-9.