F. Melius Christiansen

Real Name:
Frederick Melius Christiansen
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Norwegian-born violinist and choral conductor in the Lutheran choral tradition. (April 1, 1871-June 1, 1955)

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.

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.
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79236 Guds Søn Har Gjort Mig Fri (The Son Of God Has Set Me Free) / Deck Thyself My Soul With Gladness (Klaed Dig Min Sjael I Glaedes Skrud) — F. Melius Christiansen St. Olaf Choir* Deck Thyself My Soul With Gladness (Klaed Dig Min Sjael I Glaedes Skrud) (as F.M. Christiansen) St. Olaf Choir* - Guds Søn Har Gjort Mig Fri (The Son Of God Has Set Me Free) / Deck Thyself My Soul With Gladness (Klaed Dig Min Sjael I Glaedes Skrud)(Shellac, 10") Victor 79236 US 1927 Sell This Version
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35813 Beautiful Savior / From Heaven Above — F. Melius Christiansen St. Olaf Choir* St. Olaf Choir* - Beautiful Savior / From Heaven Above(Shellac, 12") Victor 35813 US 1927 Sell This Version
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C700 Gettysburg College Choir — F. Melius Christiansen Gettysburg College Choir Exaltation (as Christiansen) and 2 more… Gettysburg College Choir - Gettysburg College Choir(3x12", Album, Red) Not On Label (Gettysburg College Choir Self-released) C700 US 1948 Sell This Version
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SRC 5011, SR 110 In Concert — F. Melius Christiansen Whitworth College A Cappela Choir Praise To The Lord and 1 more… Whitworth College A Cappela Choir - In Concert(LP) Sound Recording Company, Sound Recording Company SRC 5011, SR 110 US 1952 Sell This Version
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V 5592 The South High School A Cappella Choir — F. Melius Christiansen The South High School A Cappella Choir, Richard B. Eichenberger Exaltation The South High School A Cappella Choir, Richard B. Eichenberger - The South High School A Cappella Choir(LP, Mono) Colorado Recording Company V 5592 US 1955 Sell This Version
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CL 725 The Spirit Of Christmas — F. Melius Christiansen The De Paur Chorus, Leonard De Paur Beafiful Savior (Silsian Folk Tune) The De Paur Chorus, Leonard De Paur - The Spirit Of Christmas(LP) Columbia CL 725 Canada 1955 Sell This Version
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W 3009-LP The Moody Chorale — F. Melius Christiansen Moody Chorale, Don Hustad Lost In The Night Moody Chorale, Don Hustad - The Moody Chorale (Album) Word W 3009-LP US 1957 Sell This Version
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ML 5222 Sings Christmas Carols — F. Melius Christiansen The Mormon Tabernacle Choir* Beautiful Saviour (as F. M. Christiansen) The Mormon Tabernacle Choir* - Sings Christmas Carols (Album) Columbia Masterworks ML 5222 US 1957 Sell This Version
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LPM-1863 The Lutheran Hour — F. Melius Christiansen The Concordia Seminary Chorus, St. Louis A Cappella Choir Beautiful Savior (as Christiansen) The Concordia Seminary Chorus, St. Louis A Cappella Choir - The Lutheran Hour (Comp) RCA Victor LPM-1863 US 1958 Sell This Version
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BW-100 South High School Concert Choir 58 — F. Melius Christiansen South High School Concert Choir The Christmas Symbol and 1 more… South High School Concert Choir - South High School Concert Choir 58(LP, Mono) Colorado Recording Company BW-100 US 1958 Sell This Version
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SR-1001, 12HB733 Let Us Now Go Even Unto Bethlehem — F. Melius Christiansen Various The Christmas Symbol (as Christianson) Various - Let Us Now Go Even Unto Bethlehem(LP, Album) Superior Recording Company, Hear Book Recordings SR-1001, 12HB733 US 1959 Sell This Version
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DLP 3386 My God And I — F. Melius Christiansen Pat Boone With The Abilene Christian College A Capella Chorus* Under The Direction Of Vernon Moody Beautiful Savior Pat Boone With The Abilene Christian College A Capella Chorus* Under The Direction Of Vernon Moody - My God And I (Album) Dot Records DLP 3386 South Africa 1961 Sell This Version
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none Praise To The Lord — F. Melius Christiansen The Sanctuary Choirs Praise To The Lord (as Christianson) The Sanctuary Choirs - Praise To The Lord(LP, Album) John Knox Presbyterian Church (2) none US 1961 Sell This Version
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MG 20728 Fifty Golden Years — F. Melius Christiansen St. Olaf Lutheran Choir* Conducted By Olaf C. Christiansen Beautiful Savior (as F. M. Christiansen) St. Olaf Lutheran Choir* Conducted By Olaf C. Christiansen - Fifty Golden Years (Album) Mercury MG 20728 US 1962 Sell This Version
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LP 5052 Lost In The Night — F. Melius Christiansen The King's Heralds Lost In The Nght The King's Heralds - Lost In The Night(LP, Album, Mono) Chapel LP 5052 US 1962 Sell This Version
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KRS-10 Amerikansuomalainen SUOMI-OPISTON Kuoro Laulaa Prof. Arthur J. Hillin Johdolla  — F. Melius Christiansen Amerikansuomalainen SUOMI-OPISTON kuoro = American-Finnish SUOMI COLLEGE Choir*, Arthur J. Hill Kiitos Nyt Herran (as F. M. Christiansen) Amerikansuomalainen SUOMI-OPISTON kuoro = American-Finnish SUOMI COLLEGE Choir*, Arthur J. Hill - Amerikansuomalainen SUOMI-OPISTON Kuoro Laulaa Prof. Arthur J. Hillin Johdolla (10", Album) Sana Ja Sävel, Kansan Raamattuseuran Säätiö KRS-10 Finland 1963 Sell This Version
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6310-LP A Cappella Choir — F. Melius Christiansen Davenport West High School A Cappella Choir The Christmas Symbol Davenport West High School A Cappella Choir - A Cappella Choir(LP, Mono, Red) Fredlo 6310-LP US 1963 Sell This Version
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5-5198 Music From The Singing Christmas Tree — F. Melius Christiansen The Charlotte Choral Society In Dulci Jubiol The Charlotte Choral Society - Music From The Singing Christmas Tree(LP) Not On Label 5-5198 US 1965 Sell This Version
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21667 LSU A Cappella Choir, In Concert — F. Melius Christiansen Louisiana State University A Cappella Choir Beautiful Savior Louisiana State University A Cappella Choir - LSU A Cappella Choir, In Concert(LP, Album, Mic) Century Records (4) 21667 US 1965 Sell This Version
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22549 A Farewell Concert — F. Melius Christiansen The Cleveland Heights High School Choir Praise To The Lord (Lobe Den Herrn) (as Christiansen) The Cleveland Heights High School Choir - A Farewell Concert(LP) Century Records (4) 22549 US 1965 Sell This Version
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W-4029, W 4029 Henry Veld Coinducts The Augustana Choir — F. Melius Christiansen Henry Veld Conducts The Augustana Choir Beautiful Savior (as Christiansen) Henry Veld Conducts The Augustana Choir - Henry Veld Coinducts The Augustana Choir (Album) Word W-4029, W 4029 US 1966 Sell This Version
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LP 1049 T.Y.V. League Choral Festival At McMinnville, Oregon April 19, 1967 — F. Melius Christiansen Various O Day Full Of Grace Various - T.Y.V. League Choral Festival At McMinnville, Oregon April 19, 1967(LP, Album) Regal Records (5) LP 1049 US 1967 Sell This Version
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CFS-1650 Spring Concert 1967 — F. Melius Christiansen Fontana High School A Cappella Choir, Fontana High School Madrigal Singers Glorification (as Christiansen) Fontana High School A Cappella Choir, Fontana High School Madrigal Singers - Spring Concert 1967(LP, Album) Custom Fidelity Records CFS-1650 US 1967 Sell This Version
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30051 68 — F. Melius Christiansen Abraham Lincoln High School Concert Choir How Fair The Church Of Christ Abraham Lincoln High School Concert Choir - 68(LP, Album) Century Records (4) 30051 US 1968 Sell This Version
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8-8913 My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord — F. Melius Christiansen Choir Of The West Hosanna Choir Of The West - My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord(LP) Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma 8-8913 US 1968 Sell This Version