|Short Name:||F. Melius Christiansen|
|Full Name:||Christiansen, F. Melius (Fredrik Melius), 1871-1955|
F. Melius Christiansen (April 1, 1871-June 1, 1955) was a Norwegian-born violinist and choral conductor in the Lutheran choral tradition.
Fredrik Melius Christiansen, the son of a Norwegian factory worker, was born in Eidsvold, municipality in Akershus county, Norway and emigrated to the United States at the age of 17. He settled in Washburn, Wisconsin. He studied at Augsburg College. In 1897, he returned to Europe to study three years at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Leipzig, Germany.
In 1901, Christiansen was recruited by St. Olaf College president John N. Kildahl. The St. Olaf Choir was founded as an outgrowth of the St. John's Lutheran Church Choir in Northfield. For the next 30 years, Christiansen led the St. Olaf Choir, striving for perfect intonation, blend, diction and phrasing. He was a skilled conductor, directing bands and choirs alike. He assumed direction of the St. Olaf Band in 1903, and took the ensemble on tour to Norway in 1906 to play for King Haakon VII, making it the first college music ensemble to conduct a tour abroad. Though his first love was the violin, he received international fame as founding director of the St. Olaf Choir of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, USA from 1912 to 1944. Christiansen was considered a pioneer in the art of a cappella (unaccompanied) choral music. Christiansen composed and arranged over 250 musical selections and his choral techniques were spread throughout the U.S. by St. Olaf graduates. The great Christiansen choral tradition is a recognized feature of American Lutheranism.
Four of Dr. Christiansen's children survived to adulthood two of them adding their own legacy to the Christiansen tradition of choral music in America.
|Tunes by F. Melius Christiansen (18)||As||Instances||Incipit|
|O LAMM GOTTES, UNSCHULDIG||F. Melius Christiansen, 1871-1955 (Arranger)||2||13555 65655 12342|
|GAA NU HEN OG GRAV MIN GRAV||F. Melius Christiansen (Arranger)||1||55432 21223 23645|
|HERR JESU CHRIST DICH ZU UNS WEND (13532)||F. Melius Christiansen, 1871-1955 (Arranger)||4||13532 34565 32117|
|AUS MEINES HERZENS GRUNDE||F. Melius Christiansen (Arranger)||1||11532 11234 35432|
|KUN ET SKRIDT||F. Melius Christiansen, 1871-1955 (Composer)||2||33333 56551 13333|
|LOBE DEN HERREN||F. Melius Christiansen, 1871-1955 (Arranger)||4||11532 17656 7121|
|LOBT GOTT IHR CHRISTEN||F. Melius Christiansen, 1871-1955 (Arranger)||2||15555 65432 34566|
|VOM HIMMEL HOCH||F. Melius Christiansen (Arranger)||1||17675 67111 55345|
|[Din, o Jesus, din at være]||F. Melius Christiansen (Arranger)||1||12334 45553 23432|
|NEUMARK||F. Melius Christiansen, 1871-1955 (Arranger)||1||51232 12757 77651|
|NU RINDER SOLEN OP||F. Melius Christiansen (Arranger)||1||15432 35176 51543|
|[Lord Jesus, by thy passion] (11235)||F. Melius Christiansen (Arranger)||1||11235 21254 33225|
|INNSBRUCK||F. Melius Christiansen, 1871-1955 (Harmonizer)||6||32123 54334 5523|
|PAA GUD ALENE||F. Melius Christiansen (Arranger)||1||15432 15567 11543|
|PASSION CHORALE (Hassler)||F. Melius Christiansen, 1871-1955 (Arranger)||3||51765 45233 2121|
|STRAF MICH NICHT||F. M. Christiansen, 1871-1955 (Harmonizer)||4||33455 12367 13213|
|SUNRISE (Koralbog)||F. Melius Christiansen (Arranger)||2|
|WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET||F. Melius Christiansen, 1871-1955 (Arranger)||3||15315 66556 71766|