Welcome to Day 6 of my Musical Countdown to Christmas. I hope you’re enjoying this series as much as I am. Today we take a look at The Birthday of a King by William H. Neidlinger.
Who was William H. Neidlinger?
- Born in 1863
- Studied in Brooklyn, London, and Paris
- A Composer of two operas, a mass, a cantata, and many songs
- Put his own poems and the work of others (Whitman, Tennyson, Longfellow, etc.) to music
- An organist and conductor in New York City
- Founded a school for children who were underachievers in New Jersey
- Developed music pedagogy and music therapy, which he tried at his school
The Story behind The Birthday of a King
- Written in 1890
- Originally published in 1912
- The words and music were written by William H. Neidlinger
- The first playable recording (1877)
- Carnegie Hall opened in New York
- Arthur Conan Doyle wrote Sherlock Holmes
- Emily Dickensen (poet)
- Recording of the Hallelujah Chorus by the Battery Band in New York
- A decline in the New York Stock Exchange started an economic depression in 1893
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