Hymnists in History

Events in Music


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1577-10-25 Pope Gregory XIII asks renewal of ecclesiastical hymns


Birthdays in Music

  • 1607-03-08 Johann von Rist, German composer and poet known for his hymns, born in Ottensen, Holstein (d. 1667)
  • 1607-03-12 Paul Gerhardt, German hymnist (d. 1676)
  • 1674-07-17 Isaac Watts, English writer, preacher and hymnist (Horae Lyrican), born in Southampton, England (d. 1748)
  • 1725-07-24 John Newton, English cleric and hymnist, born in Wapping, London (d. 1807)
  • 1740-11-04 Augustus Montague Toplady, English hymn writer (Rock of Ages), born in Farnham, Surrey, England (d. 1778)
  • 1743-06-20 Anna Laetitia Barbauld, English poet and writer of hymns (Life! I Know Not What Thou Art), born in Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire, England (d. 1825)
  • 1820-03-24 Fanny Crosby, American hymnist (d. 1915)
  • 1822-01-07 Theodor Aufrecht, German indologist (Rigveda's Hymns)
  • 1839-03-09 Phoebe Knapp, American hymn writer and organist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1908)
  • 1840-08-28 Ira D. Sankey, American evangelist, composer and singer (Gospel hymns), born in Edinburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1908)
  • 1925-08-09 Robert Heppener, Dutch composer (Hymns & Conversations, Movie Music), born in Amsterdam (d. 2009)

Deaths in Music

  • 1609-12-04 Alexander Hume, Scottish poet (Hymns and Sacred Songs), dies
  • 1667-08-31 Johann von Rist, German composer and poet known for his hymns, dies at 60
  • 1676-06-07 Paul Gerhardt, German hymnist (b. 1606)
  • 1706-12-03 Emilie Juliane of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, German countess and hymn writer (b. 1637)
  • 1748-11-25 Isaac Watts, English writer, preacher and hymnist (Horae Lyrican), dies at 74
  • 1778-08-11 Augustus Montague Toplady, English hymn writer (Rock of Ages), dies at 37
  • 1783-01-07 William Tans'ur, English hymnist (b. 1700)
  • 1788-03-29 Charles Wesley, hymn writer, dies
  • 1791-01-11 William Williams Pantycelyn, Welsh hymnist (b. 1717)
  • 1800-04-25 William Cowper, English pre-romantic poet (Olney Hymns), dies at 68
  • 1803-04-02 Hieronymus van Alphen, Dutch attorney/poet (church hymns), dies at 56
  • 1807-12-21 John Newton, English cleric and hymnist, died at 82
  • 1825-03-09 Anna Laetitia Barbauld, English poet and writer of hymns (Life! I Know Not What Thou Art), dies at 81
  • 1826-04-03 Reginald Heber, bishop & hymn writer, dies
  • 1835-05-16 Felicia Dorothea Hemans, poet/hymn writer, dies
  • 1908-07-10 Phoebe Knapp, American hymn writer and organist, dies at 69
  • 1908-08-13 Ira D. Sankey, American evangelist, composer and singer (Gospel Hymns), dies at 67