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    George Frederick Root, 1820-1895 Biography. Biography. American composer and music educator George Frederick Root (1820-1895) was born in rural Massachusetts. An accomplished keyboardist, Root began his studies in 1841 with Lowell Mason, the founder of curricular music in American public schools, at Mason's Boston Academy of Music. Root moved to New York in the mid 1840s and introduced Mason's pedagogical methods at several institutions. In 1853, Root and...
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    Philip Paul Bliss, 1838-1876 Biography. Biography. Born in Pennsylvania in 1838, composer and singer Philip Paul Bliss worked as a farmer and woodcutter until 1855. After attending a singing school and later the Normal Academy of Music in Geneseo, N.Y., he began teaching music and composing songs in the mid 1860s. It was during this period that Bliss met composer and music educator George F. Root, who encouraged...
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    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....
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    Henry Russell, 1812-1900 Biography. Biography. Henry Russell, born in 1812 in Sheerness, England, was a noted composer, pianist and singer. He began performing at the early age of three, and later studied composition with Rossini and Bellini in Italy. Russell sailed to Canada to perform solo concerts in the mid 1830s, but the most fruitful part of his career was spent in the United States during the...
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    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 &...
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    William C. Peters, 1805-1866 Biography. Biography. William Cumming Peters was a composer, arranger, organist, and music publisher. Born in Devon, England in 1805, Peters emigrated to the United States from England around 1820. Peters opened the first piano and music store in Pittsburgh in the 1820s, and also worked there as a music teacher, clarinettist, organist and composer. Peters moved to Louisville in 1832 and started a music...