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Immanuel Gottlob Friedrich Faißt (Composer)

Born: October 13, 1823 - Esslingen, Würtemberg, Germany
Died: June 5, 1894 - Stuttgart, Germany

Immanuel Gottlob Friedrich Faißt [Faisst] was a German organist and composer. He was sent to the seminary at Schönthal in 1836, and in 1840 to Tübingen, in order to study theology, but left it for music. In 1844 he went to Berlin and showed his compositions to Felix Mendelssohn, who advised him to work by himself rather than attach himself to any teacher.

In 1846 Immanuel Gottlob Friedrich Faißt appeared in public as an organ player in many German towns, and finally took up his abode in Stuttgart. Here in 1847 he founded an organ school and a society for the study of church music. He undertook the direction of several choral societies, and in 1857 took a prominent part in the foundation of the Conservatorium, to the management of which he was appointed two years later. Some time before this the University of Tübingen bestowed upon him the degree of D.Ph., in recognition of the value of his Beiträge zum Geschichte der Glavieraonate, an important contribution to the musical periodical Cäcilia (1846), and the title of Professor was given him a few years afterwards. In 1865 he was appointed organist of the Stiftskirche, and received a prize for his choral work Gesang im Grünen at the choral festival in Dresden. His setting of Schiller's Macht des Geanges was equally successful in the following year with the Schlesische Sängerbund, and a cantata Des Sängers Wiederkehr has been frequently performed. Several quartets for male voices, and organ pieces, were published collectively, and the Lebert and Stark Pianoforteschule contains a double fugue by him. With the latter he published in 1880 an Elementar- und Chorgesangschule, which has considerable value. He undertook the editing of the great edition of all the pianoforte solo works of L.v. Beethoven with Lebert, for the firm of Cotta, for which edition Von Bülow edited the sonatas from op. 53 onwards.


Source: Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1952 Edition, Author: J.A. Fuller Maitland)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2006)

Use of Chorale Melodies in his works


Chorale Melody


Allein Gott in der Höh' for the Stuttgart Choral Society

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr

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