Selim Gustaf Adolf Palmgren was a Finnish composer, pianist, and conductor.
Born; 16 February 1878 in Pori, Finland.
Died; 13 December 1951 in Helsinki, aged 73.
Palmgren studied at the Conservatory in Helsinki from 1895 to 1899, then continued his piano studies in Berlin with Ansorge, Berger and Busoni.
He conducted choral and orchestral societies in his own country and made several very successful concert tours as a pianist in the principal cities of Finland and Scandinavia, appearing also as a visiting conductor.
In 1921, he went to the United States, where he taught composition at the Eastman School of Music, later returning to Finland.
He became a music critic in Helsinki, and taught composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (1939–51).
At some point he was the director of the organ school and Cathedral Organist in Åbo - Turku.
Palmgren was married to the opera singer Maikki Järnefelt.
Palmgren is best known for his small piano pieces, among them the “Finnish Lyric Pieces,” inspired by folk songs. In his larger piano works, notably his five piano concerti, he was influenced by Franz Liszt.
His works mainly for piano extend to Opus 114 and there are about 80 without a known opus number.
His only work for organ appears to be Op. 23 - Organ Pieces (1908?).
I don't know if these short pieces are part of that Opus or not.