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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