James C. Lowry

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Aliases: Joseph C. Lowry; Joseph A. Lowry


Born: ca. 1790

Died: ca. 1860

James C. Lowry is the composer (or arranger) of the psalm-tune Pisgah, first published in Ananias Davisson's The Kentucky Harmony, 1817. He "contributed nine tunes to Kentucky Harmony [and its supplement] … He probably lived in Kentucky, since two additional tunes are credited to him in Columbian Harmony (1829) by Kentucky residents" (Steel and Hulan 2010). Some of his songs might give a hint:

  • Botetourt – A county in western Virginia, originally drawn in the 1770s to include all of the later state of Kentucky (1792). Lowry is a small town in adjacent Bedford County.
  • Mecklenburg – A county in south-central Virginia, a county in North Carolina, and a historical region in northern Germany. Also Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of George III and Queen of Great Britain from 1761 to 1818.
  • Fluvanna – A river and county in central Virginia.
  • Morning Star – The words are a translation-adaptation of a famous German hymn, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern.

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List of choral works

1. Titles

1a. Psalm-Tunes

Arrangements by James C. Lowry

2. First Lines

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  • Carden, Allen D., Compiler. 1820. The Missouri Harmony, or a Collection of Psalm Tunes and Anthems. St. Louis, Missouri: Morgan, Lodge, and Company. 199 pp. Reprinted by University of Nebraska Press, 1994.
  • Davisson, Ananias, Compiler. 1820. Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony. Harrisonburg, Virginia: Author. 103 pp.
  • Davisson, Ananias, Compiler. 1825. Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony, Third Edition. Harrisonburg, Virginia: Author. 152 pp.
  • Steel, David Warren, and Richard H. Hulan. 2010. The Makers of the Sacred Harp. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. 322 pp.

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