America the Beautiful
|America the Beautiful
|Bates, Katharine Lee
|Oliver Ditson Co.
|Place of Publication
|Year of Publication
|Date of Copyright
|No copyright registered
|1 score, mixed voices ([1-2], 1-4,  p.)
|This imprint brings together four one-page settings of the same poem. The composers all formed part of the Wellesley, Massachusetts religious and cultural community in which Katharine Lee Bates was a leading figure. The compilation was not registered for copyright but must postdate February 1917, when Fisher’s setting was composed. It was evidently intended for schools, but it was neither widely promoted nor noted, and it seems to have been eclipsed by the independent publication of Fisher’s setting and of patriotic anthologies.
|The Fisher and Randolph settings are hymns that conform closely to the rhythm and phrase structure of Materna, the pre-existing hymn tune by Samuel A. Ward that eventually emerged as the standard setting for Bates's text. The Hamilton and Sleeper settings are also hymns, but somewhat less conventional.
|Subject - Topic
|Subject - Geographic
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|Back Cover Description
|Text and list of titles: Music for Schools
|James Francis Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music
|World War I Sheet Music from the James Francis Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music