Irwin Fischer

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Irwin Fischer (b. 1903-d. 1977) was an American composer, born in Iowa City, Iowa. He studied at the American Conservatory in Chicago (where he was appointed to teach in 1928), with Boulanger in Paris (1931) and with Kodály in Budapest (1936). In the 1930s he developed a polytonal technique he called ‘biplanal’; in the 1960s he began to use systematic serialism. His songs display an exceptional variety of styles and techniques.

Fischer was a graduate of the University of Chicago and was organist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 22 years. He was Dean of Faculty at the American Conservatory of Music.

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1 ARIADNE ABANDONED (1938)
orch2/pic-2-2-2,4-2-3- 1,timp,hp,str(or pf solo)

2 ARIADNE ABANDONED (1938)
2pf

3 ARIADNE ABANDONED (1938)
pf

6 BURLESQUE (solo pf) (1930)
pf

7 BURLESQUE FOR 2 PIANOS (1958)
2 pf

8 CALL, THE (1968)
satb,brs ens(or pf or org)

9 CHORALE FANTASY (1938)
org, orch 0-2-0-2, 4-2-3-1, timp, perc, str

16 CHRISTMAS MESSAGE (1974)
med vc,pf

17 COME,TAKE THE WATER OF LIFE (1958)
hg vc,pf

18 COME,TAKE THE WATER OF LIFE (1958)
med vc,pf

19 CONCERTO GIOCOSO (1972)
solo cl & orch(Pic-2-2- bcl-2,2-2-2-0,Timp,2Perc,str,or cl & pf

20 CONCERTO in E minor FOR PIANO & ORCH (1935)
pf, orch:pic-2-2-2-2,4-2-3,hp,pf,timp,cymbal,str, (or 2pf reduc.)

21 DELIGHT THYSELF IN THE LORD (1959)
high voice,org

22 DELIGHT THYSELF IN THE LORD (1959)
low voice,pf

23 DIVERTIMENTO in D (1963)
fl,cl,bsn,tpt,hn,vln,vcl,cb

24 ETUDE in a Minor (1950)
pf

25 FANTASIE WITH FUGUE, PLAIN & ACCOMPANIED (1958)
solo vln,fl,cl,hp,strs

26 FANTASIE,WITH FUGUE PLAIN AND ACCOMPANIED (1958)
1-1-1--0,harp,solo violin,strings

27 FEAR THOU NOT, FOR I AM WITH THEE (1965)
med vc,pf

28 FEED MY SHEEP (1965)
hg or lw vc,pf(or organ)

29 FRIENDSHIP (1928)
med voice, pf

30 GO FROM ME (1957)
hg vc,pf

31 GOD IS OUR REFUGE (1960)
hg vc,org

32 GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS (1954)
sop or ten solo

33 GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD (1929)
low voice, pf

34 GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD (1929)
higher voice, keyboard

35 HIKING TUNE (1951)
pf

36 HOPPITY BUN & FROGGY (1965)
pf

37 HORSEMAN, THE (1929)
med voice,pf

38 HOUR IS COME, THE (1959)
med vc,pf(or organ)

39 HOW BEAUTIFUL UPON THE MOUNTAINS (1951)
med vc,pf(or organ)

40 HUNGARIAN SET (1943)
celeste,str orch

41 I SAW THE MOON (1950)
hg or lw vc,pf

42 I WILL LIFT UP MINE EYES (1964)
satb,org(or pf)

43 IDYLL (1950)
vln,pf red of 03035

44 IDYLL,for violin & orch (1950)
vln,orch:2-2-2-2, 4-2-3-0,timp,str

48 LAMENT (1939)
solo vcl&chamber orch:1-1-1-1, 2(or 1 hn and 1 tbn)-1-0-0,timp,str

49 LAMENT FOR CELLO & PIANO (1939)
cello, piano

50 LEGEND (1956)
orch(pic-2-2-2-2,4-2-3-1,timp, perc,str

51 LEGEND(arr for organ) (1956)
org

52 LIEBSTER JESU
org

53 LORD BY WISDOM HATH FOUNDED THE EARTH, THE (1967)
voice&pf(or organ)

54 LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, THE (1975)
high vc&pf(or org)

55 LORD, TEACH ME THY STATUTES (1957)
med vc&pf(or organ)

56 LOVE (1953)
hg & lw vc,pf

57 LOVE ONE ANOTHER (1937)
vc&pf(or organ)

58 LOVE ONE ANOTHER (1937)
high vc&pf(or organ)

59 A LULLABY (1927)
mez sop, pf

60 MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD (1972)
voice&pf(or organ)

61 MANGER SONG (1960)
contralto solo,ssatb,pf

62 MARCO POLO (1932)
3/picc.2/ehn.2.2/cbsn, 4.3.3.1, timp. cel, tam-tam, strings

63 MEDITATION- THE STRENGTH OF GOD'S LOVE (1970)
lg brs ens(4cor,3hn,2euph,2tpt,flghn,2barhn,4tbn,btbn, 3tb(various),perc

64 MISTS OF MORNING (1947)
pf

66 NOCTURNE (1933)
med.voc.&pf

67 NOW SWEEPING DOWN THE YEARS ('IN TRANSITU')
high or med vc,pf(or organ)

68 O GOTT, DU FROMMER GOTT, OP 111, NR 2 (1971)
orch,3-2-e.hn-2-2-cbsn,4-3-3-1,timp,str

70 ORCHESTRAL ADVENTURES OF A LITTLE TUNE (1974)
nar.& orch(fl/pic-1-1-1,1-1(c)-1-0,timp/perc,str

71 OVERTURE ON AN EXUBERANT TONE ROW(for Orch) (1965)
orch(pic-2-2-2-2,4-3-3-1,timp,perc,str

72 PASSACAGLIA & FUGUE (1961)
orch(pic-2-2-e.hn-2- bcl-2,4-3-3-1,Timp,2 Perc,str

73 PIECE HEROIQUE
2/picc.2.EHn.2.2 4.3.3.1 timp, organ (optional), strings

74 POEM (1959)
solo vln,orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-2, 4-2-2-0,timp,str

75 PRAISE YE THE LORD (1966)
sop,pf(or organ)

77 PSALM OF PRAISE (1951)
vc,pf

78 QUICKEN ME, O LORD (1968)
med vc,pf(or organ)

79 RHAPSODY (1930)
pf

80 RHAPSODY ON FRENCH FOLK TUNES (1934)
2-picc-2- e.hn-2-,4-3-3-1,timp,celeste,hp,2perc,str

81 SATISFIED (1951)
hg & lw vc,pf

82 A SEA-BIRD (1933)
med.vc,orch(pic-2-2-2-2, 4-2-3-1,timp/cym, str)

83 SEASON OF STAR-SONG (1967)
voc,pf

86 SKETCHES FROM CHILDHOOD (1937)
orch(2/picc-2-2-2 ,2-2-3-0,b.dr,hp,str)

87 SONATA FOR PIANO (1960)
pf

88 SONG OF SHADOWS (1930)
medium voice, piano

89 SONG OF THE WILLOW BRANCHES (1931)
high voice

90 STATEMENT:1976 (1976)
satb,(w/sop.solo)orch (brs(4-3-3-1),perc,str)

91 STILL THERE IS BETHLEHEM (1958)
voice, pf or organ - high and low keys in one edition

92 STRING QUARTET (1972)
str.qrt,2-1-1

93 SUFFER THE CHILDREN TO COME UNTO ME (1956)
med.vc,pf or organ

94 SUMMUM BONUM (1928)
med voice, pf

95 SYMPHONIC ADVENTURES OF A LITTLE TUNE (1975)
nar. & orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2-cbsn,4-2-3-1,narr, 3perc,str

96 SYMPHONY NO 1 (1942)
orch.2/picc-2-2-2,4-2-3-1, perc,str

98 TASTE & SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD (1937)
hg or lw vc,pf

99 THAT WHICH IS (LIFE IS GOD) (1977)
vc,pf or org.

100 THERE IS NO TIME (1959)
hi,low vc,pf or org.

101 THERE SHALL BE NO SORROW (1927)
medium voice, pf

102 TOCCATA,For Organ (1951)
org

103 TRIO IN D MINOR (1928)
vln, vcl, pf

104 VARIATIONS ON AN ORIGINAL THEME (1941)
orch:2-2- 2-2,4-3-3-1,timp,str

105 VARIATIONS ON AN ORIGINAL THEME (1941)
orch:2-2- 2-2,4-3-3-1,timp,str

106 VISTA (1947)
med vc,pf

107 WALK IN THE WILDERNESS, THE (1961)
med vc,pf

108 WALTZ REVERIE
easy piano

109 WHAT YOU ARE (1957)
vc(?), pf

110 WINTER WINDS (1950)
med or low vc,pf

111 THE WORLD OF DREAM (1930)
med voice, pf

112 YOU WERE GLAD TONIGHT (1929)
med.voice, pf

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