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Lowell Mason

Lowell Mason (January 8, 1792 – August 11, 1872) was an American music director and banker who was a leading figure in 19th-century American church music. Lowell composed over 1600 hymn tunes, many of which are often sung today. His best-known work includes an arrangement of Joy to the World and the tune Bethany, which sets the hymn text Nearer, My God, to Thee. Mason also set music to Mary Had A Little Lamb. He is largely credited with introducing music into American public schools, and is considered the first important U.S. music educator. He has also been criticized for helping to largely eliminate the robust tradition of participatory sacred music that flourished in America before his time.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 8, 1792 (Medfield), Died August 11, 1872 (Orange)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1895 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 143 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 618 7-in. Before May 1895 The Lord's Prayer David C. Bangs Recitation and male vocal solo composer  
Berliner 828 7-in. 7/22/1897 Nearer, my God, to Thee Brass quartet (unidentified; Berliner Gramophone Co.) Brass quartet composer  
Berliner 863 7-in. 7/2/1896 Nearer, my God, to Thee Brilliant Quartette Male vocal quartet composer  
Berliner 915 7-in. 5/4/1896 Nearer, my God, to Thee Artists vary Male vocal solo composer  
Berliner 919 7-in. Before June 1896 Watchman tell us of the night J. W. Myers Male vocal solo composer  
Berliner 3014 7-in. 6/27/1898 Nearer, my God, to Thee S. H. Dudley ; Roger Harding Male vocal duet composer  
Berliner 3412 7-in. Nov. 1897 Nearer, my God, to Thee Henry Higgins ; Arthur Pryor Cornet and trombone duet composer  
Berliner 8004 7-in. Oct. 1897-Mar. 1899 Nearer, my God, to Thee Sousa's Band Band composer  
Berliner 021 7-in. 3/25/1899 Nearer, my God, to Thee Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet composer  
Berliner 0210 7-in. 6/9/1899 Nearer, my God, to Thee Sousa's Band Band composer  
Berliner 01128 7-in. 3/22/1900 My faith looks up to Thee Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet composer  
Berliner 01141 7-in. 4/2/1900 Nearer, my God, to Thee Samuel Siegel Mandolin solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]109 7-in. 7/11/1900 Nearer, my God, to Thee Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]109 10-in. 5/13/1902 Nearer, my God, to Thee Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]355 7-in. 10/2/1900 Nearer, my God, to Thee Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]597 7-in. 1/7/1901 Nearer, my God, to Thee Moereman's Woodwind Quartet Woodwind quartet composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]878 7-in. 6/13/1901 Nearer, my God, to Thee Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra, with chimes composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1066 7-in. 10/26/1901 Nearer, my God, to Thee Jules Levy Cornet solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1066 10-in. 10/26/1901 Nearer, my God, to Thee Jules Levy Cornet solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1521 7-in. 8/1/1902 Nearer, my God, to Thee Arthur Pryor ; Walter B. Rogers Cornet and trombone duet, with piano composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1521 10-in. 8/1/1902 Nearer, my God, to Thee Arthur Pryor ; Walter B. Rogers Cornet and trombone duet, with piano composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3415 10-in. 5/31/1901 Nearer, my God, to Thee Arthur Pryor ; Walter B. Rogers Cornet and trombone duet, with piano composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3479 10-in. 6/13/1901 Sabbath chimes Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3582 10-in. 9/14/1901 Nearer, my God, to Thee Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet composer  
Victor A-335 7-in. 8/21/1903 Nearer, my God, to Thee Sousa's Band Band composer  
(Results 1-25 of 143 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mason, Lowell," accessed July 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104555.

Mason, Lowell. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104555.

"Mason, Lowell." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 July 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104555

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