Lowell Mason

8 January 1792–11 August 1872


Lowell Mason, ca. 1840, engraving by H. Wright Smith, Boston Public Library.

Featured Tunes:


Collections of Hymn Tunes:

Note: This list only includes first editions, except where noted. For a more detailed list of editions, see Carol A. Pemberton, Lowell Mason: A Bio-Bibliography (1988). For an index of his tunes and their publications, see Henry L. Mason, Hymn-Tunes of Lowell Mason: A Bibliography (1944).

The Boston Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music (1822; 2nd ed., 1823: PDF)
Select Chants, Doxologies (1824 | WorldCat)
Choral Harmony (1830: PDF)
Church Psalmody (text-only, 1831: PDF)
Spiritual Songs for Social Worship

1831 (PDF): vol. 1 | vol. 2 | vol. 3 | vol. 4
1832 (PDF)
1833 (PDF)
1837 (PDF)

The Choir, or Union Collection (1832; 2nd ed., 1833: PDF)
Lyra Sacra (1832: PDF)
Sacred Melodies (1833 | WorldCat)
The Boston Collection of Anthems (1834 | WorldCat)
The Sacred Harp, or Eclectic Harmony (1834; rev. ed. 1835: PDF)
Sentences, or Short Anthems, Hymn Tunes, and Chants (1834 | WorldCat)
The Boston Academy's Collection of Church Music (1835; 3rd ed., 1835: PDF)
Occasional Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1836: PDF)
The Seraph: A Monthly Publication of Church Music (1838-1840: PDF)
The Boston Anthem Book (1839: PDF)
The Modern Psalmist (1839: PDF)
Carmina Sacra (1841: PDF)
The Harp (1841)
The Sacred Harp, or Beauties of Sacred Music

Volume 1 (1841: PDF)
Volume 2 (1841? | WorldCat)

Book of Chants (1842: PDF)
Chapel Hymns (1842: PDF)
Musical Service of the Protestant Episcopal Church (1843 | WorldCat)
Songs of Asaph (1843: PDF)
The Psaltery (1845: PDF)
The Choralist (1847 | WorldCat)
The Congregational Tune Book (1848: PDF)
The National Psalmist (1848: PDF)
Fifty-Nine Select Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1849 | WorldCat)
The Hymnist (1849-1850 | WorldCat)
Cantica Laudis (1850: PDF)
The New Carmina Sacra (1850: PDF)
Mason's Hand-book of Psalmody (1852 | WorldCat)
Congregational Church Music (1853-1854 | I. WorldCat | II. WorldCat)
The Hallelujah (1854: PDF)
The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book (1859: PDF)
The People's Tune Book (1860 | WorldCat)
The New Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book (1866: PDF)
The New Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book: Baptist Ed. (1867: PDF)
Carmina Sacra Enlarged: The American Tune Book (1869: PDF)
Congregational Church Music (1869 | WorldCat)

For children:

The Juvenile Psalmist (1829: PDF)
The Juvenile Lyre (1831: PDF (1832))
Sabbath School Songs (1833: PDF (1841))
The Sabbath School Harp (1836: PDF)
The Juvenile Songster (1837: PDF)
Juvenile Music (1839: PDF)
Little Songs for Little Singers (1840: PDF)
The Boston School Song Book (1841: PDF)
The American Sabbath School Singing Book (1843: PDF)
The Primary School Song Book (1846: PDF)
The Song-Book of the School Room (1847: PDF)
The Song Garden (1864-1866)

Volume 1: PDF
Volume 2: PDF
Volume 3: PDF


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Life & Works:

A.W. Thayer, “Lowell Mason,” Dwight's Journal of Music, vol. 39, no. 1007 (22 Nov. 1879), pp. 186-187 (HathiTrust).

William Mason, Memories of a Musical Life (NY: The Century Co., 1901: PDF).

J.H. Hall, “Dr. Lowell Mason,” Biographies of Gospel Song and Hymn Writers (NY: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1914), pp. 17-22: Archive.org.

Henry L. Mason, A List of the Principal Published Works of Dr. Lowell Mason, Showing Which of These Are in the Collection of the Essex Institute (unpublished, 1936 | WorldCat).

Henry L. Mason, Lowell Mason: An Appreciation of His Life and Work (NY: Hymn Society, 1941 | WorldCat).

Henry L. Mason, Hymn-Tunes of Lowell Mason: A Bibliography (Cambridge, MA: University Press, 1944 | WorldCat).

Arthur Lowndes Rich, Lowell Mason: The Father of Singing Among the Children (University of North Carolina Press, 1946 | WorldCat).

Carol A. Pemberton, Lowell Mason: His Life and Work (Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1985 | WorldCat | Amazon).

Carol A. Pemberton, Lowell Mason: A Bio-Bibliography (NY: Greenwood Press, 1988 | WorldCat | Amazon).

Carol A. Pemberton, “Teaching the people their sacred songs: Lowell Mason and his work,” The Hymn, vol. 43, no. 1 (Jan. 1992), pp. 17-20 (HathiTrust).

George Brandon, “Mason in the long run,” The Hymn, vol. 43, no. 4 (Oct. 1992), pp. 19-23 (HathiTrust).

Carol A. Pemberton, “Praising God through Congregational Song: Lowell Mason’s Contributions to Church Music,” The Hymn, vol. 44, no. 2 (April 1993), pp. 22-30 (HathiTrust).

“Lowell Mason: A Realistic Portrayal” [Multiple articles on Lowell Mason], The Quarterly: Journal of Music Teaching and Learning, vol. 3, no. 3 (Fall 1992).

Paul Westermeyer, “Lowell Mason,” Let the People Sing: Hymn Tunes in Perspective (Chicago: GIA, 2005), pp. 297-303.

Michael Broyles, A Yankee Musician in Europe: The 1837 Journals of Lowell Mason (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2010 | WorldCat | Amazon).

Harry Eskew, et al. “Mason family(ii),” Grove Music Online (2001), https://doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.17984

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Lowell Mason at Hymnary.org:

Karl Kroeger, “Lowell Mason,” Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology: