She was born in Makiivka, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) and studied at Tallinn Conservatory, graduating as a music teacher in 1939, in 1942 as pianist and in 1946 as composer under Heino Eller. Els was famous, among other things, as a chamber music composer (preferring to compose for violoncello and double-bass); in addition, she wrote two symphonies.
- "Arne, Els." Estonian Music Information Center. 12 Oct. 2008 <http://www.emic.kul.ee/heliloojad/els_aarne.htm>.
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