Jäger March

Jäger March
Military march by Jean Sibelius

The composer in 1918
Native name Jääkärimarssi
Catalogue Op. 91a
Composed 1917 (1917)
Performed 19 January 1918 (1918-01-19)

The Jäger March (Finnish: Jääkärimarssi, originally Jääkärien marssi), Op. 91a, is a military march by Jean Sibelius. He set in 1917 words written by the Finnish Jäger, Hilfsgruppenführer Heikki Nurmio who served in Libau, in the Royal Prussian 27th Jäger Battalion of the Imperial German Army.[1] This unit was fighting against the Russian Empire, of which the Grand Duchy of Finland still was a part. The words were smuggled into Finland to Sibelius, who composed the song in Järvenpää.

Sibelius wrote the Jäger March originally for men's chorus and piano, and later arranged it for men's chorus and symphony orchestra.[2][3] The first public performance of Jäger March was in Helsinki on 19 January 1918 by the choir Akademiska sångföreningen, led by Olof Wallin. The Finnish Civil War began on the same day between the White and the Red troops. The march is the honorary march of many army detachments.[4]


  1. "The war and the fifth symphony 1915-1919". Jean Sibelius. Finnish Club of Helsinki. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  2. "Works for choir and orchestra". Jean Sibelius. Finnish Club of Helsinki. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  3. Barnett, Andrew (2007). Sibelius. Yale University Press. p. 276.
  4. "Jägers". mannerheim.fi. Retrieved 1 December 2015.

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