Augustus Montague Toplady (4 November 1740 – 11 August 1778) was an Anglican cleric and hymn writer. He was a major Calvinist opponent of John Wesley. He is best remembered as the author of the hymn "Rock of Ages". Three of his other hymns – "A Debtor to Mercy Alone", "Deathless Principle, Arise" and "Object of My First Desire" – are still occasionally sung today.
Birth and Death Data: Born November 4th, 1740 (Farnham), Died August 11th, 1778 (London)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1896 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 28 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||917||7-in.||Before June 1896||Rock of ages||Artists vary||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Berliner||0565||7-in.||10/7/1899||Rock of ages||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]717||10-in.||11/25/1902||Rock of ages||Choir [i.e., Choir of the Lombard Street Mission] ; Choir [i.e., Lyric Trio]||Mixed vocal trio, with organ||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]717||7-in.||3/11/1901||Rock of ages||Choir [i.e., Choir of the Lombard Street Mission] ; Choir [i.e., Lyric Trio]||Mixed vocal trio, with organ||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]3195||10-in.||3/11/1901||Rock of ages||Lyric Trio||Mixed vocal trio||lyricist|
|Victor||B-2303||10-in.||2/15/1905||Rock of ages||Trinity Choir||Chorus, with organ||lyricist|
|Victor||B-2970||10-in.||12/22/1905||Rock of ages||Richard Jose||Counter-tenor vocal solo, with organ||lyricist|
|Victor||E-3242||8-in.||4/2/1906||Rock of ages||Lyric Quartet||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-3242||10-in.||4/2/1906||Rock of ages||Lyric Quartet ; Trinity Choir [i.e., Lyric Quartet]||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-4555||10-in.||6/3/1907||Rock of ages||Trinity Choir [i.e., Lyric Quartet]||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14850||10-in.||5/20/1914||Rock of ages||Alma Gluck ; Louise Homer||Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-20786||10-in.||10/17/1917||Klippa du sombrast förmig||Grace Eklund Carlson ; Florence Eklund Reims||Female vocal duet, with organ||lyricist|
|Victor||B-24494||10-in.||9/21/1920||Rock of ages||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-30628||10-in.||8/12/1924||Rock of ages||Jenn Rawlings Anderson||Female vocal solo, with organ||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-82883||10-in.||8/2/1934||Rock of ages||Buice Brothers||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-046712||10-in.||1/24/1940||Rock of ages||Emile Coté ; Victor Chapel Choir||Mixed vocal chorus, with organ||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-047633||10-in.||2/8/1940||Rock of ages||Morris Brown Quartet||Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied||lyricist|
|Columbia||1781||10-in.||ca. Jan.-Oct. 1904||Rock of ages||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with organ and orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||79743||10-in.||3/1/1921||Rock of ages||Cyrena Van Gordon||Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||30222||12-in.||3/1/1909||Rock of ages||Mrs. A. Stewart Holt||Female vocal solo, with violin, flute, and harp||lyricist|
|Columbia||W143001||10-in.||11/1/1926||Rock of ages||Moultrie Georgia Quartet||Vocal quartet, unaccompanied||lyricist|
|OKeh||S-7517||10-in.||Aug. 1920||Rock of ages||Helen Clark ; Joseph A. Phillips||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||2083||10-in.||approximately July 1918||Rock of ages||Harry McClaskey ; Marie Morrisey||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||7185||10-in.||approximately Jan. 1922||Rock of ages||Elizabeth Lennox ; Marie Tiffany||Female vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E25632-E25633||10-in.||12/15/1927||Rock of ages||Robert A. Gardner ; Lester McFarland||Male vocal duet, with violin, mandolin, and piano||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Toplady, Augustus," accessed December 7, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105622.
Toplady, Augustus. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 7, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105622.
"Toplady, Augustus." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 December 2021.
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