George Frederick Root, 1820-1895
Biography. Biography. In 1858, Root's elder brother, Ebenezer Root, and C. M. Cady founded the music publishing firm of Root & Cady in Chicago. In 1860 Root became a partner and selected and edited works for publication. Passionate about music education, from 1863 to 1872 Root contributed songs and articles to Root & Cady's own periodical, The Song Messenger of the Northwest. The firm...
Philip Paul Bliss, 1838-1876
Biography. Biography. Bliss enjoyed a reputation as an able basso profundo soloist and chorister. With evangelists D.L. Moody and Daniel Whittle, Bliss toured the country for a time singing and even preaching. By the 1870s Bliss began to devote a great deal of energy to the composition of sacred music. Some of his earliest songs were set to music by his friend George F....
Augustus Dameron Fillmore, 1823-1870
Biography. Biography. Fillmore first came to Cincinnati to study medicine, but turned to the ministry of the Christian Disciple Church. His talents as a singer and composer served him well in his evangelistic vocation. He published his first book, The Christian Psalmist, in 1847 at the age of 24. This hymnal was enormously popular, going through 18 editions and selling more than 500,000 copies....
Henry Russell, 1812-1900
Biography. Biography. Among the many causes he championed through his art was emigration. (Other causes he supported included the elimination of racial intolerance, improving the sad plight of those confined to mental institutions, and the abolition of slavery.) When he returned home to England in the 1840s, he evoked in some of his songs rather fanciful visions of the New World. He even produced...
James R. Murray, 1841-1905
Biography. Biography. Born in Andover, Massachusetts, on March 7, 1841, James R. Murray studied at the Musical Institute in North Reading under renowned music teachers such as Lowell Mason and George Root. Murray enlisted as an Army musician during the Civil War and began to write songs then. After the war, he worked as a piano teacher before accepting work at the Root &...
William C. Peters, 1805-1866
Biography. Biography. In 1851 he wrote of the inherent artistic talents of Cincinnatians: "Several ladies have lately left Cincinnati for Italy, for the purposes of studying vocal music under some celebrated singing master. If they do as well in music as their celebrated townsman [American neoclassical sculptor Hiram Powers] has done in sculpture, the musical talent of Cincinnati will yet astonish the world."