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Lowell Mason

Born: Jan 8, 1792

Death: Aug 11, 1872

Birthplace: Medfield

Nationality: United States

Lowell Mason

Date of Birth : Jan 8, 1792
Date of Death : Aug 11, 1872
Birth Place : Medfield

Lowell Mason was a leading figure in American church music, the composer of over 1600 hymn tunes, many of which are often sung today. His most well-known tunes include his arrangement of "Joy to the World" and "Bethany", his setting of the hymn, "Nearer, My God, to Thee". He was largely responsible for introducing music into American public schools, and is considered to be the first important music educator in the United States. In the last part of his career, as music director of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, he radically transformed American church music from a practice of having professional choirs and accompaniment to congregational singing accompanied by organ music.


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