Lowell Mason

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Born: January 8, 1792; Medfield, MA   Died: August 11, 1872; Orange, NJ  
During America's early years, there was a great deal of music-making, but little or no organized musical instruction. This composer of hymns, anthologist, and church choir conductor was a pioneer who worked through publishing, church organizations, and school systems to provide an invaluable direction.

Growing up in a musical family, Lowell Mason received his first training at the age of 13 in a singing school run by Amos Albee, who
Read more himself had gathered hymns into the collection The Norfolk Collection of Sacred Harmony in 1805. Mason also studied with Oliver Shaw, a blind composer of hymns and ballads. Only a few years later, Mason was directing a choir and leading the town band. He left for Savannah, GA, in 1812 and became a partner in a dry goods business and a bank clerk. He was also involved in church work and a missionary society. In 1817, he began to study composition and theory with Frederick L. Abel from Germany. His first hymns and anthems were composed then. He continued to conduct choirs and play the organ in churches until 1827.

Mason's first collection of hymns and anthems was published in 1822. Up to 1872, he published over 48 collections of this type, as well as over 11 secular collections and at least 17 children's collections and musical exercise books. Thousands of individual pieces are contained within these volumes. The actual number of publications is difficult to determine because many of the books were published anonymously. From 1827 to 1832, Mason was president and music director of the Boston Handel and Haydn Society. In the summer of 1834, under the auspices of the Boston Academy of Music, Mason and other instructors held classes for music teachers, leading to music being taught experimentally in four Boston public schools in 1837 and as part of the permanent curriculum in 1838. From 1837 to 1845, Mason served as superintendent of music, taking off for one year to visit Europe for the first time, where he observed their educational systems and lecturing on congregational singing and his theories of musical education.

In the nineteenth century, a "proper" musical education was guided by European, mostly German, models. Mason's aesthetic preferences, as well as those of the early immigrant Moravian composers and others, were also along this line. Their actions served to spread musical knowledge, but unfortunately also took away appreciation of the power of native hymnody, such as shape-note singing in the southern states and the works of Billings and others. However, today the situation has for the most part changed, in the best American spirit, toward embracing all of the various lights of these early days. In 1855, Mason was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from New York University. Read less
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  • 26.
    Esprit de Corps - America's Ceremonial Music / USAF Concert Band, Ceremonial Brass & Singing Sergeants
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 70742 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Hoyt Losey,  John Philip Sousa,  Arthur Wellesley Hughes,  Henry Fillmore  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Concert Band
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  • 27.
    The Britannic Organ, Vol  3 - Welte Philharmonic Organ
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 841 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Lowell Mason,  Arthur Sullivan,  John Bacchus Dykes  ... 
    Performer:  David Rumsey,  Joseph Bonnet,  Bernard Ten Cate,  Marco Enrico Bossi  ... 
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    Swing Ye Noel / William Noll, Ritz-Carlton Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62483 Release Date: 12/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Frank Comstock,  Johnny Marks,  Felix Bernard  ... 
    Conductor:  William Noll
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ritz-Carlton Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Merry Christmas / Kulinska, Kulinsky, Bamini Di Praga
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4067 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Lowell Mason  ... 
    Performer:  Veronika Vitová,  Sarka Celbova,  Katerina Kovandová,  Katerina Kalvachova  ... 
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  • 30.
    Label: Harp Music To Go   Catalog: 2119 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  Lowell Mason,  Oakley Haldeman,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Merry Miller
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  • 31.
    Christmas With The Westminster Choir
    Label: Westminster Choir   Catalog: 691 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Traditional,  Benjamin Britten,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Beckwith,  Peter Gillis,  Jeffrey Martin,  Nancy Tenore
    Conductor:  Joseph Flummerfelt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Choir,  Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
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  • 32.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 84395 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Traditional,  Henry John Gauntlett,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Prizeman,  Ben Crawley,  Sam Coates,  Steven Geraghty  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
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  • 33.
    The Christmas Album / Libera
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 84395 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Traditional,  Henry John Gauntlett,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
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  • 34.
    Noel - Christmas Edition Sampler
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2928223 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Heinrich Schütz,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Agnčs [Soprano Vocal] Mellon,  Chiara Banchini,  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Yves Roure  ... 
    Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay,  René Jacobs,  William Christie,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Vocale,  Les Arts Florissants,  Ensemble 415 (Ensemble)  ... 
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    Label: Supernova Productions   Catalog: 5637857368 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  John Francis Wade,  William James Kirkpatrick,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert G. Sonnenberg
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  • 36.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Christmas Celebration
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5185 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Billy Vaughn,  Percy Faith,  George Melachrino,  Angela Morley  ... 
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  • 37.
    Christmas Album / Libera [Deluxe Edition]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 84353 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Traditional,  Henry John Gauntlett,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
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  • 38.
    Dame Joan Sutherland - Complete Decca Studio Recitals  [23-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619502 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  George Frideric Handel,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Nadine Sautereau,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Richard Conrad,  Ambrose Gauntlett  ... 
    Conductor:  Nello Santi,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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  • 39.
    Joy To The World / King's Singers
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 268 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Edgar Pettiman,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Philip Lawson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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  • 40.
    King's Singers Christmas
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Michael Praetorius,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Lowell Mason  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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  • 41.
    Reflections
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1257 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Billy Hill,  Alice Hawthorne,  Evelyn Danzig,  Jean Villard  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Ayres
    Conductor:  Sarah Tenant-Flowers
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  • 42.
    The 50 Most Essential Christmas Masterpieces
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 103 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Hugh Martin,  Lowell Mason,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Emmy Verhey,  Michael Ponti,  Susanne Doll
    Conductor:  Klaus Arp,  Alun Francis,  Robert Shaw,  Heribert Beissel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Antonio Lucio,  Musica Antiqua New York,  Bach Collegium Japan  ... 
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  • 43.
    Wonderland of Christmas / Andre Kostelanetz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 96970 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johnny Marks,  James Pierpont,  John Frederic Coots,  Hugh Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Label: Sonoma   Catalog: 271 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Henry Walford Davies,  Lowell Mason  ... 
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  • 45.
    The Choral And Orchestral Classics: The Christmas Collection
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48832 Release Date: 10/04/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frederick H. Martens,  Traditional,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
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  • 46.
    Hark! Traditional Carols In A New Light
    Label: L.i.r. (London Independent Records)   Catalog: 70024 Release Date: 10/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional,  Henry John Gauntlett,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandra Saunders
    Conductor:  Tom Appleton
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  • 47.
    Sound The Bells - A Holiday Celebration / United States Army Field Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 62182 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John T. Williams,  Traditional,  Randol Bass,  James Pierpont  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Field Band
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  • 48.
    Glad Christmas Tidings
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5060810 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Ted Hutchinson,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Pietro Yon  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Elliott,  Clay Christiansen,  Andrew Unsworth,  David Archuleta
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg,  Ryan Murphy,  Tom Waldron,  LeAnna Willmore
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  • 49.
    Glad Christmas Tidings [blu-ray]
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: MTC5070676 Release Date: 09/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Ted Hutchinson,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Pietro Yon  ... 
    Performer:  David Archuleta,  Andrew Unsworth,  Clay Christiansen,  Richard Elliott
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg,  Ryan Murphy,  Tom Waldron,  LeAnna Willmore
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    Glad Tidings! / Ama Deus Ensemble, Chestnut Brass Company
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62768 Release Date: 08/19/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Lowell Mason,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Henry Walford Davies  ... 
    Performer:  Wesley Parrot
    Conductor:  Valentin Radu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company,  Ama Deus Ensemble
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