Horatio W. Parker

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Alias: Horatio William Parker


Born: 15 September 1863

Died: 18 December 1919


(abbreviated) Horatio William Parker (1863–1919) was born in Auburndale, Massachusetts. He was trained early by his mother, then regional teachers, including George Whitefield Chadwick. He also studied under Josef Rheinberger at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. He was organist and choirmaster at many churches, including St. Luke’s, Brooklyn; St. Andrew’s, Harlem; the Church of the Holy Trinity, Manhattan; and Trinity Church, Boston. He relocated to New Haven, Connecticut, as Battell Professor in music at Yale University, eventually becoming Dean. He was principal conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, director of the Derby Choral Club, founded the New Haven Oratorio Society, and directed the Philadelphia Orpheus Club and Eurydice Chorus. He became one of the most significant American composers and teachers. His compositions include many works for orchestra, theater, keyboard, solo voice, and is primarily remembered for significant choral repertoire including oratorios, cantatas and large-scale sacred works.

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List of choral works

Sacred Works


  • Behold, ye despisers
  • The Lord is my shepherd

Hymn Tunes

  • Clovelly
  • Jubilate
  • Mission
  • Pax Veritatis
  • Pixham
  • Victor's Crown
  • Vox Aeterna
  • Whittingham

Large Works

  • Hora Novissima, Op. 30
  • The Legend of Saint Christopher
  • Morven and the Grail
  • Seven Greek Pastoral Scenes, Op. 74
  1. The Windy Winter From the Sky is Gone
  2. I Will Twine the Violet
  3. The Swallow Song
  4. White Flowers the Violet Now
  5. Love! I Cry
  6. The Golden Stars are Quiring in the West


Sacred Motets

Sacred Art Songs

Secular works

Partsongs for Mixed Voices

Partsongs for Treble Voices

Secular Oratorio

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  • The Progressive Music Series

External links

Free scores available from the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)