Thomas Hastings (1784-1872) is generally remembered as a compiler
and composer of hymn tunes and anthems, but rarely is he spoken of
as a prolific writer of hymn texts. Nor do many people refer to
Hastings as an author, even though he penned several books and
contributed numerous articles for newspapers and journals that were
primarily, but not exclusively, related to his lifelong quest to
reform the music used for Protestant services of worship.
All of these various aspects of Hastings career are addressed in
this, the first published study of Hastings life and career. The
book is designed to awaken interest in this musician's
contributions and to serve as a foundation upon which future
studies of nineteenth-century American sacred music can build. Of
particular interest is the fact that much of the material for this
biographical profile has been drawn from sources not previously
investigated by scholars in the field.
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