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Clarence Dickinson

Clarence Dickinson (May 7, 1873 in Lafayette, Indiana – August 2, 1969 in New York City) was an American composer and organist.

Dickinson studied at Miami University and Northwestern University, then traveled to western Europe to study under Moritz Moszkowski, Alexandre Guilmant, and Gabriel Pierne. After returning to the United States, Dickinson was organist at St. James's Episcopal in Chicago and the Brick Church in New York. He joined the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in 1912, where he remained until his retirement in 1945; he founded the institution's School for Sacred Music there in 1928.

He was one of 11 charter members of the Eagle's Nest Art Colony in Oregon, Illinois.

He and his wife, Helen Adell Snyder (1875–1957), co-wrote a large amount of sacred music, as well as a general-audience music appreciation book titled Excursions in Musical History. While he composed large-scale pieces, including at least one organ symphony, he was better known as an arranger and pedagogue; his 1922 publication Technique and Art of Organ Playing was a standard reference work which went through several editions in his lifetime, and he edited a general-use hymnal for the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America in 1933. Late in life he and his wife collaborated on an edition of anthems written by early Moravian settlers in the United States.

William Carey College named the Clarence Dickinson Memorial Library of Church Music in his honor.

The American Guild of Organists named the Clarence Dickinson Society, its legacy and planned giving program, in his honor.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1873

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CVE-33793 12-in. 11/17/1925 The shepherd's story Dayton Westminster Choir Vocal chorus, unaccompanied composer  
Victor BVE-43722 10-in. 4/10/1928 Reverie Mark Andrews Pipe organ solo composer  
Victor BVE-51850 10-in. 5/24/1929 Music when soft voices die Associated Glee Clubs of America Male vocal chorus composer  
Victor CS-04009 12-in. 1/10/1937 Berceuse Charles M. Courboin Organ solo composer  
Vocalion E3231-E3234 10-in. 6/15/1926 Memories Godfrey Ludlow Violin solo, with piano composer  
Vocalion E3474-E3476 10-in. 7/21/1926 Memories Godfrey Ludlow Violin solo, with piano composer  
Vocalion E7164-E7165 10-in. 2/20/1928 Memories Vocalion Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dickinson, Clarence," accessed October 30, 2020,

Dickinson, Clarence. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 30, 2020, from

"Dickinson, Clarence." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 30 October 2020.

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