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

Work: Joy to the World

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    In dulci jubilo / London Brass
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 564143 Release Date: 10/06/2017  
    Composer:  Traditional,  George Frideric Handel,  John Rutter,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
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    Kathleen Battle: The Complete Sony Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985381362 Release Date: 01/06/2017   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  George Frideric Handel,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Luca Antonio Predieri  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Battle,  John Feeney,  Anthony Newman,  Daire Fitzgerald  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  John Nelson,  André Previn,  Wynton Marsalis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  American Boychoir  ... 
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  • 3.
    Christmas Saxophones: Saxmas
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 52130 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Jay Johnson,  Jule Styne  ... 
    Performer:  Ian Cruz,  Jonathan Barrett
    Conductor:  Lisa Osland,  Miles Osland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uk Saxcats,  Raleigh Dailey Trio,  The Osland Saxophone Quartet  ... 
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    Ultimate Christmas Collection / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 535958 Release Date: 10/21/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Mykola Leontovych,  Traditional,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Alexander Schreiner,  Frank Asper,  Marilyn Horne  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard P. Condie,  Jerold D. Ottley,  Leonard Bernstein,  Jerold Ottley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass & Percussion Ensemble,  Columbia Brass Ensemble
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    O Little Bethlehem
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 51710 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude T. Smith,  Traditional,  Ralph Blane,  Lowell Mason  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Stoffel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northridge Wind Ensem California State University
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    Christmas 101
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002507302 Release Date: 09/23/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional,  John Francis Wade,  William James Kirkpatrick  ... 
    Performer:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Simon Preston,  Harvey Alan,  David Corkhill  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  John Rutter,  Sir Neville Marriner,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Christmas on Stage & Screen / U.S. Air Force Band & Singing Sergeants
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 77047 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Jerry Herman,  Jule Styne,  Ralph Blane  ... 
    Conductor:  Lowell Graham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Band,  United States Air Force Singing Sergeants
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    Frederica von Stade: The Complete Columbia Recital Albums
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 518341 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Ernest Chausson,  Franz Schubert,  Alessandro Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  Charles Wadsworth,  Judith Blegen,  Joel del Maria  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Antonio de Almeida,  Raymond Leppard,  Mario Bernardi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wynton Marsalis Septet,  Perspectives Ensemble
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    The Greatest Christmas Choral Classics
    Label: Silva Classics   Catalog: 6049 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Mykola Leontovych,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Lowell Mason  ... 
    Performer:  Crouch End Festival Chorus,  The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Evan Jolly
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    Merry Christmas from Vienna / Vienna Boys Choir
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002369202 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Traditional,  Adolphe Adam,  José Feliciano  ... 
    Performer:  Rolando Villazón,  Aida Garifullina
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: A Carol Symphony - Music For The Festive Season
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5233 Release Date: 10/15/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Traditional,  Henry John Gauntlett  ... 
    Conductor:  Frank Chacksfield,  Billy Vaughn,  George Melachrino,  Dalibor Brazda  ... 
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    Jul Med Adventsangerne
    Label: Bergen Digital Studio   Catalog: 7039 Release Date: 10/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Max Reger,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Adventsangerne,  Njal Sparbo,  Bodil [Soprano Vocal] Arnesen,  Harald Gullichsen
    Conductor:  Sverre Valen
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    Label: Real Gone Music   Catalog: 6400396 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Bernard,  John Francis Wade,  Thomas ("Tommie") P. Conn,  Harry Parr-Davies  ... 
    Performer:  George Melachrino Orchestra
    Conductor:  George Melachrino
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    Jul Med Linnekvintetten
    Label: Swedish Society Discofil   Catalog: 1157 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Ivar Widéen,  Hans Adolf Brorson,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Christmas Lights
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5222 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Irving Berlin,  Traditional,  Vogel  ... 
    Performer:  Zack Laurence
    Conductor:  Percy Faith,  Frank Chacksfield,  Billy Vaughn,  Ken Jones  ... 
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    Favourite Carols From King's / King's College Choir
    Label: King's College Choir   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry John Gauntlett,  Harold Edwin Darke,  John Francis Wade,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
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    Les Plus Belles Pages De La Musique De Noel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578291-92 Release Date: 11/04/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  James Pierpont,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
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    Christmas Carols / Knabenchor Hannover, London Brass
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 7017 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Anonymous,  Thomas Weelkes,  Herbert Howells  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass,  Hannover Boys' Choir
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    Christmas Star & A Christmas Festival / Rutter, Cambridge Singers
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 306 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Lowell Mason,  William James Kirkpatrick,  Mel Torme  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Williams,  Andrew Williams,  Melanie Marshall,  Clara Sanabras  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  Cambridge Symphony Orchestra,  Farnham Youth Choir  ... 
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    The Christmas Story
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7681 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Lowell Mason,  James R. Murray  ... 
    Performer:  Bin Huang,  Hyun-Sun Kim
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  • 21.
    Angels Sing - Christmas In Ireland / Libera
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40956626 Release Date: 11/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Traditional,  Robert Prizeman,  Frederick E. Weatherly  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
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    Angels Sing - Christmas In Ireland / Libera
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40956695 Release Date: 11/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Traditional,  Robert Prizeman,  Frederick E. Weatherly  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
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  • 23.
    Joy to the World: An American Christmas / Christophers, Handel & Haydn Society
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16117 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Jacob Niles,  Morten Lauridsen,  Lowell Mason,  Richard Storrs Willis  ... 
    Performer:  Sonja DuToit Tengblad,  Thomas Armstrong,  Woodrow Bynum,  Stefan [Tenor Vocal] Reed
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
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    Handel: Water Music - Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564651683 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Lowell Mason,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Richard [Tenor Vocal] Morton,  Felicity Palmer,  John Angelo Messana,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  John E. Gardiner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Raymond Leppard,  Hugh Wolff  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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    Christmas with the Vienna Boys Choir
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 9004 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Lowell Mason,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  John Francis Wade  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Marschik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir
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