Music Pg 2
God created music in all its beauty and splendor and gave it to humanity. What better offering have we than to give the gift of music up to our Father.
how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind but now i see."
Former slave, Christian Convert and Songwriter
"It Is Well With My Soul"
Philip Bliss (9 July 1838 – 29 December 1876)
Philip was an American composer, conductor, writer of hymns and a bass-baritone Gospel singer. He wrote many well-known hymns, including "Almost Persuaded"; "Hallelujah, What a Saviour!"; "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning"; "Wonderful Words of Life"; and the tune for Horatio Spafford's "It Is Well with My Soul."
“IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL” 1876:
"Chicago businessman Horatio Spafford and his wife, still grieving the loss of their son, suffered financial woe from the Chicago Fire. They agreed to take a trip to Europe to try to relax. Horatio sent his wife and four daughters to England ahead of him. When their ship collided with another one, more than 200 passengers died at sea. Mrs. Spafford sent a telegram from Wales that said, “Saved alone.” shortly thereafter, on his own trip across the Atlantic Ocean, Horatio penned the words to “It is Well with My Soul.” A few years later, Philip added the fitting music."
Frances Jane van Alstyne (née Crosby; March 24, 1820 – February 12, 1915), more commonly known as Fanny Crosby.
She was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. She was one of the most prolific hymnists in history, writing more than 8,000 hymns and gospel songs, with more than 100 million copies printed, despite being blind from shortly after birth. Some of her most familiar works are:
“Blessed Assurance” – 1873 (music by Phoebe Knapp)
“He Hideth My Soul” – 1890 (music by William Kirkpatrick)
“To God be the Glory” – 1875 (music by William Doane)
Hewitt, E. E. (Eliza Edmunds), 1851-1920
Eliza was a school teacher and song writer.
"Her love for learning and for children led her to become a schoolteacher. For a few years at least, all went well. Then the incident happened. While disciplining a male student, he became angry and picked up his slate board. He swung it at his teacher, striking her hard across the back. The doctor put Eliza in a cast. It limited all physical activity for the next six months."
She never fully recovered and spent the rest of her life in pain, in which drew her closer to God.
Elisha Hoffman(1839 - 1929) was a Presbyterian minister, composer of over 2,000 hymns and editor of over 50 song books.
Best known songs of Ekisha Hoffman:
“ARE YOU WASHED IN THE BLOOD?”, 1878
“LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS”, 1887
“I MUST TELL JESUS”, 1894
Robert Lowry (March 12, 1826 – November 25, 1899) was an American professor of literature, a Baptist minister and composer of gospel hymns.
Two of the most well known songs are:
SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER?”, 1864 and “NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD”, 1876
“Shall We Gather At the River” appeared in the following westerns: "Stagecoach" (1939); "The Searchers" (1956); "Major Dundee" (1965); "The Wild Bunch" (1969); and "Little Big Man" (1970). It also represented Christianity in the non-western films: "The Red Pony" (1949); Elmer Gantry (1960); "Spencer’s Mountain" (1963); "A Trip to Bountiful" (1985); and "The Handmaid’s Tale" (1990).
JOHNSON OATMAN JR.
April 21, 1856 - September 25, 1922.
When he was nineteen, the younger Johnson became an ordained minister. He went on to write at least 5,000 hymns in his lifetime.
“COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS” (1897)Johnson’s most well-known song.
(August 31, 1861 – 1921)
Jessie Brown Pounds was born in Hiram, Ohio, as Jessie Brown. She wrote novels as well as poetry that became hymns. As early as age fifteen she wrote articles for religious periodicals.
"President William McKinley (a fellow Ohio native) requested Jessie’s hymn “Beautiful Isle of Somwhere” (1897) be sung at his funeral. It was, following his assassination in 1901."
Anna B. Warner
ANNA B. WARNER
August 31, 1827 – January 22, 1915
Anna B. Warner was an American writer, the author of several books, and of poems set to music as hymns and religious songs for children. She was born on Long Island and died in Highland Falls, New York.
Christian music leader, William Bradbury, discovered Anna’s poem and turned it into a hymn by adding music and a chorus. He published “Jesus Loves Me” in 1862, and rewritten later by David Rutherford McGuire.