Edmund H. Sears
Edmund Hamilton Sears (April 6, 1810 – January 14, 1876) was an American Unitarian parish minister and author who wrote a number of theological works influencing 19th-century liberal Protestants. Today, Sears is primarily known as the man who penned the words to "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" in 1849. It has been sung to two tunes, one by Richard Storrs Willis and another adapted by Arthur Sullivan from a traditional English air.
Sears originally wrote the song as a melancholy reflection on his times while a minister in Wayland, Massachusetts, US. However, "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" has since become a popular Christmas carol.
Birth and Death Data: Born April 6th, 1810, Died January 14th, 1876
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1938
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||C-15262||12-in.||10/7/1914||It came upon the midnight clear||Victor Oratorio Chorus||Vocal chorus, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||CVE-15262||12-in.||8/27/1926||It came upon the midnight clear||Trinity Choir||Chorus, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-20826||12-in.||10/2/1917||It came upon the midnight clear||Victor Mixed Chorus||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-33155||10-in.||8/10/1925||Calm on the listening ear of night||Shannon Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-75067||10-in.||2/9/1933||Songs for children (Hymns)||Elsie Baker ; Myrtle C. Eaver ; Olive Kline ; Lambert Murphy ; Elliott Shaw||Mixed vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||PBS-09061||10-in.||12/2/1936||It came upon the midnight clear||Homer Hall Glee Club||Male vocal chorus, with electric organ and celeste||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-026904||10-in.||9/8/1938||It came upon the midnight clear||Lewis White||Mixed vocal chorus, with violin, organ, and harp||lyricist|
|Columbia||81178||10-in.||8/15/1923||It came upon the midnight clear||Criterion Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||W144656||10-in.||9/10/1927||It came upon the midnight clear||American Singers||Male vocal quartet, with instrumental quartet||lyricist|
|Brunswick||6440-6442||10-in.||approximately Sept. 1921||It came upon the midnight clear||Cathedral Choir||Male vocal chorus, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E20087-E20089||10-in.||9/11/1926||It came upon the midnight clear||Cathedral Choir||Male vocal chorus, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||4133||10-in.||9/21/1915||It came upon the midnight clear||The Carol Singers||Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sears, Edmund H.," accessed July 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106230.
Sears, Edmund H.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106230.
"Sears, Edmund H.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 July 2021.
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