Lewis H. Redner
Lewis Henry Redner (December 15, 1831, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – August 29, 1908, Hotel Marlborough, Atlantic City, New Jersey) was an American musician, best known as the composer of the popular Christmas carol "St. Louis", better known as "O Little Town of Bethlehem".
Redner worked in the real-estate business in Philadelphia, and played the organ at four different churches during his life. He spent 19 years as organist at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia. While there, he set Pastor Phillips Brooks's poem of his recollection of a pilgrimage to Bethlehem to music on Christmas Eve, 1868, and the carol was first sung the next day.
Redner was very involved with local charities. He served on the first board of Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen, in 1878.
Redner never married. He was buried at The Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 15, 1831 (Philadelphia), Died August 29, 1908 (Atlantic City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||C-18534||12-in.||10/6/1916||Oh, little town of Bethlehem||Trinity Choir||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-35881||10-in.||9/24/1926||O little town of Bethlehem||Mary Lewis||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|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||composer|
|Victor||PBS-09062||10-in.||12/2/1936||Oh! Little town of Bethlehem||Homer Hall Glee Club||Male vocal chorus, with electric organ and chimes||composer|
|Victor||BS-024885||10-in.||9/8/1938||O little town of Bethlehem||Joe Green||Chimes solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-026906||10-in.||9/8/1938||O little town of Bethlehem||Lewis White||Mixed vocal chorus, with violin, organ, and harp||composer|
|Victor||CS-046001||12-in.||12/16/1939||Lullaby Jesus dear (Polish Christmas carol)||St. Gregory's Choir||Vocal chorus, with electric organ||composer, arranger|
|Victor||BS-067875||10-in.||9/17/1941||Oh little town of Bethlehem||Richard Crooks ; Clarence Dickenson||Tenor vocal solo, with pipe organ||composer|
|Victor||D7VB-1596||10-in.||8/27/1947||O come all ye faithful||Dick Leibert||Organ solo||composer|
|Columbia||77342||10-in.||9/14/1917||Oh little town of Bethlehem||Columbia Mixed Double Quartette||Mixed vocal double quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||W140948||10-in.||9/16/1925||O little town of Bethlehem||Columbia Mixed Quartette||Mixed vocal quartet, unaccompanied||composer|
|Columbia||CO21965||10-in.||approximately 1937||O little town of Bethlehem||Lehman Engel ; Madrigal Singers ; Henry Silvern||Vocal chorus, with organ||composer|
|OKeh||W81574||10-in.||10/25/1927||O! Little town of Bethlehem||Golden Hour Mixed Quartet||Mixed vocal quartet, with instrumental trio||composer|
|Brunswick||E24966-E24968||10-in.||10/28/1927||O little town of Bethlehem||Collegiate Choir||Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||4137||10-in.||9/22/1915||O little town of Bethlehem||The Carol Singers||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Redner, Lewis H.," accessed November 29, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111835.
Redner, Lewis H.. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 29, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111835.
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