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Whispering Hope….definitely an old hymn! My husband has been wanting me to arrange this hymn for a long time. He finally got his wish I’ve written an early advanced piano arrangement of “Whispering Hope” which I’m offering for FREE to my church pianist readers.
I decided to read up on the composer of this song and was surprised at what I found.
Septimus Winner, an American songwriter of the 19th century, was born in May 1827 and died of a heart attack in 1902. He used the following stage names (pseudonymns) for his written poems and music: Alice Hawthorne, Percy Guyer, Mark Mason, Marion Florence, Leon Dore, Apsley Street, and Paul Stenton.
Septimus’ wife, Mary Ann, was a relative of Nathaniel Hawthorne which explains the generous use of the stage name, Alice Hawthorne.
See if you recognize the following songs written by Septimus Winner. (this will date some of you including myself)
1. Listen to the Mockingbird (Alice Hawthorne)
2. Oh Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone (lyrics only) *German folk tune
3. Carry Me Back to Tennessee (better known as Ellie Rhee)
4. Whispering Hope (1868)
I could not locate the story behind the writing of “Whispering Hope” so without further ado…click on the following song title to download your free early advanced arrangement of…
Every now and then I go through a dry spell and it’s been one of those times.
I have three arrangements I’ve been trying to complete but no ideas would flow when I sat at the piano. Very frustrating! I guess you could say I took a break and now I’m back on track
I think the latest congregational collection project burnt me out for a while. Don’t get me wrong….I LOVE to write music but sometimes I need to back up and just “not think” music for a spell to rejuvenate myself.
Before I sat at the piano today, I prayed “Lord, please guide my fingers and help me think clearly.” The Lord answered my prayer
I just finished the final editing and layout for “I’d Rather Have Jesus” and conversing with Warner Chappell today to see what needs to be done to procede with publication. Yay!
Also working on an advanced piano arrangement of “Whispering Hope” which will be FREE and…..trying to finish an advanced arrangement of “Holy, Holy, Holy”.
Hope to publish something soon!
Gotta go! More music to write!
As church pianist, I find it a challenge to locate nice patriotic vocal specials.
Need any song ideas for July 5th Sunday? I’ll share a few with you soon!
A recent paint job (last week)… forced me to empty all of my music from our living room closet. What a mess!
After much weeding out of music…my living room closet looks SO much better! Due to lack of storage space or music I just can’t make use of in a small church…you will be seeing more music for sale on our “Used Music” page.
This project is still in the works but decided to share the process. (Want to replace the blue crate with a black one).
I wish I had a “before” picture to show you but all I can do is share the “after” pictures.
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Keep in mind that the hymns in the following Easter prelude are taken from a hymnal as is but I’ve also included a separate sheet which includes the transition for each song in the prelude collection. (These hymns are in the correct keys to match the transition sheet below.)
Special note to my readers: This advanced sacred piano solo of The Haven of Rest & Wonderful Peaceis available in our music store.
Last week, a church pianist friend of mine who I met through my website was asking if I would write another advanced devotional piano solo. She couldn’t have asked at a better time since I was wanting to start a new advanced piano arrangement.
I began thinking about The Haven of Rest and tried to think of a song that would go with it. The chorus of “Wonderful Peace” just seemed to flow in thought and rhythm at the end of Haven of Rest chorus.
What a blessing to know as a Christian that…”I’ve anchored my soul in the haven of rest” and now I have “Peace, peace, wonderful peace…coming down from the Father above…”
The Haven of Rest was written (unsurprisingly) by an Irish sailor, Henry Gilmour, who came to America at an early age. (more on Henry’s life)