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Edwin Fissinger

Dr. Edwin R. Fissinger (1920-1990), a charter member of the American Choral Director’s Association, had an active career as a conductor and composer for forty-five years. In addition to orchestral, piano, and vocal compositions, he wrote 183 choral works, a substantial contribution of quality literature to this medium. His music has attracted the attention of serious choral musicians and has received performances by numerous All-State Choirs and at regional and national ACDA conventions.

Edwin Fissinger received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition from the American Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of the eminent composer Leo Sowerby. His doctorate in choral conducting and literature was from the University of Illinois. Fissinger’s teaching career included the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago (1947-1954), University of Illinois (1955-1957), University of Illinois, Chicago Circle (1957-1967), and North Dakota State University (1967-1985).

The North Dakota State University Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers received recognition and numerous awards under Fissinger’s direction. The Concert Choir was selected by audition to perform at the North Central MENC convention in 1969, the National MENC Convention in 1970, and the ACDA national conventions in 1973, 1977, and 1983. At the 1977 convention his choir participated in an American choral music documentary produced by Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (Second German Television Network). During the Christmas seasons of 1978, 1979, and 1980, the NDSU Concert Choir was one of the featured choirs on "The Cavalcade of Christmas Music," a CBS radio network program.

Fissinger has been included in editions of Who’s Who in the Middle West, the International Who’s Who of Musicians, Men of Achievement, Personalities of America, and Who’s Who in American Classical Music. The following companies publish his choral music: Associated, Colla Voce, Hal Leonard, Kjos, Meadowlark, Pavane, and Walton.

The choral music of Edwin Fissinger exhibits individuality, a signature that is readily recognizable by those who are familiar with his works. One only need reflect upon the individual qualities of the music to understand his important contribution to the enhancement of the choral art.

 

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He Is Born On This Holy Night
 

 He Is Born On This Holy Night 
Composer: traditional French carol  Arranger: Edwin Fissinger 

Voicing: SATB 
Season: Christmas  Released: January 2006  Difficulty: medium
   Edwin Fissinger was one of the greatest American choral composers in the late 20th century and Pavane Publishing is proud to be the new home for his choral series. In celebration we release this Chrismtas selection, one of his most-loved arrangements. Refreshing and harmonically interesting, this favorite carol will enhance any concert or service.
 

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  P1297 - SATB  [buy now]
$1.75

 
The Call Of Spring
 

 The Call Of Spring 
Composer: Edwin Fissinger  Author/Lyricist: Robert I. Richardson 

Voicing: SATB 
Season: General  Released: January 2009  Difficulty: Difficult
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   Edwin Fissinger's music has a distinctly American sound, and his choral set ''Dakota Prairies'' uses poems that describe some of our north central states most beautiful scenery. ''The Call of Spring'' is the fourth in the set and uses a poem by ???Alice Sinclair Page. The madrigal-style writing is excellent for choirs of all sizes, from festival to chamber. Pavane Publishing is proud to publish the music of Edwin Fissinger. For high school and college.
 

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  P1302 - SATB  [buy now]
$2.10

 
The Prairies
 

 The Prairies 
Composer: Edwin Fissinger  Author/Lyricist: Anne Murry Marius 

Voicing: SATB 
Season: general  Released: January 2006  Difficulty: medium
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   Pavane is very proud to release The Edwin Fissinger Series and include this previously unpublished gem. One of a set of four ''Dakota Prairies'' pieces, this choral captures the essence of America's great open spaces in a text by Anne Murry Marius. Edwin Fissinger is another American treasure and his music deserves our attention.
 

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  P1299 - SATB  [buy now]
$1.75

 
The Wild Prairie Rose
 

 The Wild Prairie Rose 
Composer: Edwin Fissinger  Author/Lyricist: Alice Sinclair Page 

Voicing: SATB 
Season: General  Released: January 2008  Difficulty: Medium
Sample Sound File Listen
   Edwin Fissinger's music has a distinctly American sound, and his choral set ''Dakota Prairies'' uses poems that describe some of our north central states most beautiful scenery. ''The Wild Prairie Rose'' is the third in the set and uses a poem by Alice Sinclair Page. The madrigal-style writing is excellent for choirs of all sizes, from festival to chamber. Pavane Publishing is proud to publish the music of Edwin Fissinger.
 

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  P1301 - SATB  [buy now]
$1.95

 
The Wind In The Wheat
 

 The Wind In The Wheat 
Composer: Edwin Fissinger  Author/Lyricist: Jessamine Slaughter Burgum 

Voicing: SATB 
Season: General  Released: January 2007 
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   The second in a set of four pieces by Edwin Fissinger (The Prairies, P1299, released in 2006), this one is based on a poem by Jessamine Slaughter Burgum. One can almost smell the air of the northern plains through the poetry and music of this classic Fissinger selection, here published for the first time.
 

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  P1300 - SATB  [buy now]
$1.50

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