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Leo Sowerby

Leo Salkeld Sowerby (May 1, 1895 – July 7, 1968), American composer and church musician, was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1946, and was often called the “Dean of American church music” in the early to mid 20th century.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 1st, 1895 (Grand Rapids), Died July 7th, 1968 (Port Clinton)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger, composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-55672 10-in. 9/5/1929 The Irish washerwoman Rosario Bourdon ; Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra arranger  
Victor BVE-81582 10-in. 1/23/1934 Irish washerwoman Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra ; Eugene Ormandy Orchestra composer  
Victor [Trial 1927-06-04-03] 10-in. 6/4/1927 The Irish washerwoman Agnes Clune Quinlan Piano solo arranger  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sowerby, Leo," accessed October 28, 2021,

Sowerby, Leo. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2021, from

"Sowerby, Leo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 October 2021.

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