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O, let us exalt our dear Lord and proclaim,
In songs of true gratitude, praise to His name!
As songs of the angels in sweetest accord,
Our thanks and our praises shall rise to the Lord.
-- Zion's Harp # 165

Composer Bio Information

Willis, Richard Storrs's bio information

Tuesday, February 9, 1819 - Sunday, May 6, 1900

Born: February 10, 1819, Boston, Massachusetts.

Died: May 7, 1900, Detroit, Michigan.

Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan.

Willis attended Chauncey Hall, the Boston Latin School, and Yale University, graduating in 1841. He then went to Germany, where he studied six years under Xavier Schnyder and Moritz Hauptmann. While there, he became a personal friend of Felix Mendelssohn. After returning to America, Willis served as music critic for the New York Tribune, The Albion, and The Musical Times, and edited The Musical Times (1852-64). He moved to Detroit in 1861, where he lived the rest of his life, except 1874-78, when he was in Italy while his daughter attended school. His works include:

* Church Chorals and Choir Studies, 1850
* Our Church Music, 1856
* Waif of Song, 1876
* Pen and Lute, 1883


* Erickson, p. 427
* Nutter, p. 469
* Stulken, p. 157


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