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date: 17 November 2019

Fisher, William Arms locked

  • Karl Kroeger


(b San Francisco, CA, April 27, 1861; d Boston, MA, Dec 18, 1948). American music editor and writer on music. His early musical training took place in Oakland, New York, and London. He studied with horatio Parker , and at the National Conservatory with Antonín Dvořák. He taught briefly at the National Conservatory and in 1897 became editor and director of publications for the Oliver Ditson Co., Boston; from 1926 to his retirement in 1937 he served as vice-president of the company. He gained some reputation as a songwriter, and is still remembered for setting the words “Goin’ Home” to the melody of the second movement of Dvořák’s New World Symphony.

Fisher was one of the earliest historians to recognize the vitality and value of 18th and early 19th century American music. His Notes on Music in Old Boston (Boston, 1918) treats its subject sympathetically and accurately, presenting many facsimiles and illustrations of music, musicians, and advertisements. ...

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