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Carl Fischer, founder, 1872
Early cover 1877
populr cover 1901
Typical cover 1920s



This firm was founded 1872 by Carl Fischer, possibly a relative of the publisher A.E. Fischer of Bremen. It started as a musical instrument repair shop in the East Village (East 4th St.)neighborhood of New York City. Fischer supplied musicians with sheet music and instruments from Europe, while working as a violinist in several orchestras and bands. He soon published arrangements for the many odd-sized orchestras and bands that existed at the time.

By 1900 it was the leading publisher of concert band music, representing composers like Percy Grainger and John Philip Sousa and the arrangers Eric Leidzen and Mayhew Lake. Fischer’s son Walter S. Fischer joined the firm in the 1890s. From 1926 the headquarters was in Cooper Square, Manhattan.

From 1945 to 1980 works by Howard Hanson, Norman Dello Joio, Lukas Foss, Peter Mennin, Douglas Moore, and Anton Webern were added to the catalog. Carl Fischer Music represented Oxford University Press, Paterson’s of London, Henle Verlag of Germany, and Cundy-Bettoney, and acquired the Eastman School of Music catalog (containing music by then-director Howard Hanson), the Fillmore Music catalog (containing Henry Fillmore’s marches), and the Charles Foley catalog (containing the compositions of Fritz Kreisler.

In 2004 it merged with Theodore Presser of Philadelphia, but each firm retained its imprint.

Imprints, Agencies, Addresses

  • Carl Fischer, Inc., Cooper Square, New York 3
  • 48 Wall St. New York

Agencies: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles

Plate numbers

Plate Composer Work Year
120 Resch Skizzen 1877
131–133 Popp 3 Tonbilder, Op.282 1877
2076-13 Zarzycki Mazurka, Op.26 (vn/piano arr.)
2879-2 Wagner Bridal Chorus 1891
4008-11 Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op.20 (theatre orch. arrangement- solo part) 1895
5428-7 Sarasate Les Adieux, Op.9 (violin part) 1899
6430-8 Rubinstein Kamenniy-Ostrov, Op.10/22 1907
6600-20 Wieniawski Polonaise Brillante No.2, Op.21 (ed. Pollitzer) 1901
6772-8 Elgar Salut d'amour, Op.12 1901
6884_6 Leschetizky 2 Pieces for Piano, Op.2 (no.1, ed. J. Gahm) 1919
7195-6 Durand Chaconne, Op.62 1906
7424-147 Mendelssohn Songs Without Words, Opp.19, 30, 38, 53, 62, 67, 85, 102 1903
8110-4 Tchaikovsky The Seasons, Op.37a/4: April 1903
8208-6 Liszt Dreams of Love (Liebestraume) Notturno III 1903
8288-8 Godard Au Matin, Op.83 (arr. Hegner, ed. Buechner) 1907
8544-6 Tchaikovsky November: Troika Ride, Op.37a/11 1908
9273-9 Liszt Widmung, Liebeslied, S.566 1905
9822-23 Bohm La Fontaine, Op.221 1905
10241-28 Grieg Sonata, Op.7 1906
11918-10 Dorn, Edouard Faust, Op.39 No.24 1916
11998-10 Dorn, Edouard The Bohemian Girl, Op.39/46 1916
12223-2 Yost 3 Compositions for Violin, Op.1 (No.2) 1908
12948-18 Kriens La Nymphe Bocagère 1909
13592-6 Yost American Rhapsody, Op.3 (score&part) 1910
14311 Glazunov Meditation, Op.32 (ed.Saenger) 1911
14568-4 Baumfelder Chant du Berger, Op.405 (ed. Gould) 1911
18450-2 Wagner Schwanenlied 1915
18454-8 Wagner Walther's Preislied 1915
19712-58 Beethoven Egmont Overture, Op.84 1917
19802 Goldmark The Call of the Plains 1916
20283-32 Zeckwer The Mischianza, Op.34 (vocal sc.) 1917
20837-4 Tchaikovsky Humoresque, Op.10/2 1919
21176-4 White Bandanna Sketches, Op.12 (No.1) 1918
21188-2 Hofmann The Star-Spangled Banner 1918
21794-11 Wyman Woodland Echoes, Op.34 (arr. Saenger for pf.trio) 1920
22247-5 Albéniz España, Op.165 (Tango, arr. pf. by Godowsky) 1921
22281-11 Monti Csárdás (ed. R. Czerwonky) 1922
22305-6 Meyerbeer "Ah! My Son" from "The Prophet" 1922
22558-5 Wagner Elisabeth's Prayer from "Tannhauser" 1922
22385-100 Godowsky Contrapuntal Paraphrase on 'Invitation to the Dance' 1922
22786-13 Liszt Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude, S.173/3 1923
22912-20 Bach 6 Violin Sonatas and Partitas, BWV 1001-1006 (Chaconne from 2nd partita, arr.Busoni,ed.Siloti) 1924
22914-6 Schubert Rosamunde, D.797 (Ballet music (9), arr. Leopold Godowsky) 1923
22936-33 Bach Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 (arr. piano, Godowsky) 1924
22950 Bach Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 (arr. piano, Godowsky) 1924
23078 Bach Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 (arr. piano, Godowsky) 1924
23083-7 Bach Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 535 (piano solo arr. by Siloti) 1924
23351 Saint-Saëns Le carnaval des animaux (No. XIII: Le Cygne - The Swan, arr. piano, Siloti) 1924
23422 Godowsky Java Suite 1925
23446-19 Rosenthal Carnaval de Vienne 1925
23730-15 Kreisler, Fritz Liebesfreud' (transcribed by Sergei Rachmaninoff) 1926
23854 Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice (Dance arr. Piano by Siloti) 1926
23870 Chopin Waltzes 1913
23929-4 Poldini Etude Japonaise, Op.27/2 1926
24121 Rimsky-Korsakov Sadko Song of India - arr. Siloti 1927
24313-7 Siloti Brandenburg Concerto No.2: andante 2 pno. transcr. 1927
24487-7 Saint-Saëns La Carnaval des Animaux
No. XIII: Le Cygne - The Swan (arr. piano, Godowsky)
24518-41 Godowsky Passacaglia 1928
24623 Hummel Variations on a theme from Armide by Gluck, Op.57 1928
25005 Godowsky Waltz Poem No.2 1929
25007 Godowsky Waltz Poem No.1 1929
25015 Godowsky Triakontameron 1929
25309-139 Wilson, Don The Lucky Jade: a Music Comedy in Two Acts 1929
25400-3 Godowsky 6 Waltz-Poems for the Left Hand alone 1930
25806-40 Siloti Bach: Italian Concerto, BWV 971 2 pno. transcr. 1930
25863 Van Hoesen, Karl D. Violin Class Method
26084 Godowsky Triakontameron 1932
26114-7 Bach 6 Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012 (Suite No.4 trans. Piano by Siloti) 1931
26253-7 Rimsky-Korsakov The Tale of Tsar Saltan
Interlude: Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. vn / piano, J. Heifetz)
26270 Rimsky-Korsakov The Tale of Tsar Saltan
Interlude: Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. strings, F. Sevitzky)
26496-15 Rimsky-Korsakov The Tale of Tsar Saltan
Interlude: Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. ww solo / piano, G. Iasilli)
26562-41 Rimsky-Korsakov The Tale of Tsar Saltan
Interlude: Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. band, G. Iasilli)
29439-6 Liszt Liebesträume 1943
29542-16 Albéniz Iberia (Godowsky piano trans. of Triana) 1938
30456-5 Duke, John Richard Cory 1948
30685-4 Bergsma, William Lullee, Lullay 1950
30710-73 Duke, John Pilgrim psalms 1951
30762-6 Helfer, Walter Spiritual Ode 1950

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