1835 - 1912 Person Name: Wm. G. Fischer Composer of "[One bud the Gardener gave me]" in The Voice of Triumph (19th ed.) William Gustavus Fischer (1835-1912)
Born: October 14, 1835, Baltimore, Maryland.
Died: August 13, 1912, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Son of a German immigrant, Fischer showed musical ability at an early age. When he was eight years old, he began singing in a German church in Baltimore. He learned to read music in a church singing class, and afterwards studied piano and organ. He learned bookbinding at J. B. Lippincott’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but spent his evenings studying and practicing music. He was an experienced trainer and leader of large bodies of singers of all ages, and was much sought after to lead choirs and choruses in sacred music in Philadelphia. He also taught singing, piano and music theory. He was closely connected with Welsh music festivals, and directed the combined Welsh Societies at the bicentennial of the landing of William Penn (founder of Pennsylvania).
From 1858-1868, Fischer was Professor of Music at Girard College. Before leaving Girard College, he started in the piano business, where he built up one of the most prosperous piano houses in the country. He was partner with John E. Gould until Gould’s death in 1875. From that time, Fischer was sole proprietor of the business for a number of years, when he took his oldest son, Charles, into partnership. He finally retired in 1898, and was succeeded by his son.
God Loved the World
I Love to Tell the Story
I Am Coming to the Cross
I Am Trusting, Lord, in Thee
Jesus Is Mighty to Save
Little Talk with Jesus, A
O, ’Twas Love, Wondrous Love
Rock That Is Higher Than I, The
Valley of Blessing, The
Waiting at the Pool
Whiter Than Snow
William G. Fischer