Today I’m offering you a free Music Lesson about Hymn Writers that is part of the Music Appreciation: Middle Ages Thru Classical Era for High School online course. Let’s learn about some hymn writers of the Baroque and Classical eras: Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley, John Newton, and William Billings.
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Music Lesson about Hymn Writers:
Isaac Watts was a minister of the Congregational church in England and lived from 1674 – 1748. He is known as the Godfather of English Hymnody and wrote over 750 hymns, including “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”, “Joy to the World”, and “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”.
Charles Wesley was the younger brother of John Wesley who founded the Methodist church. He lived from 1707-1788. His wonderful hymns include “And Can It Be”, “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”, “Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending,” and the Christmas carol “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”
John Newton began his career from England as a slave ship captain, but after converting to Christianity, became a pastor. He lived from 1725-1807. Months before his death, he was grateful to see the slave trade abolished in England.
Newton wrote the great hymn lyrics for “Amazing Grace,” “I Asked the Lord that I Might Grow,” and “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”.
Free “Amazing Grace” Hymn Study Download
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William Billings lived from 1746-1800 and is regarded as the first great American choral composer. He was born in Boston, and although he received some music instruction from a fellow church member, he was mostly self-taught. Most of his compositions are in four-part harmony (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and are meant to be sung a capella (without instrumental accompaniment).
He was greatly involved in organizing and leading “Singing Schools” from 1774 to 1798.
Listen to some of his hymns here:
“Boston” an early American Christmas hymn
“Chester” American Revolutionary hymn
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