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Advent 2009: “Christmas Bells,” George Hugh Thomas

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 02, 2009

George Hugh Thomas (1860-1948) was born in Wales and emigrated to the U.S. and then to Utah in 1869, one of the first to ride all the way from New York to Utah aboard a train. Called “Dr.” and “Prof.” Thomas, he is found directing choirs and teaching students from Logan to Richfield, taking part in and winning Utah’s Eistedfodds. He was vice president of Utah’s Library and Gymnasium Association, dedicated to improving student facilities in the schools, and a member of the Utah Public Health Association, one of whose primary interests was preventing and curing tuberculosis. He died in Los Angeles at age 88.

His “Christmas Bells” was published in the Juvenile Instructor of December 1912, for teaching in the Sunday Schools that month.



5 Comments »

  1. While waiting for the blonde brownies to bake (I’m FHE treat tonight) I printed this off and ran thru it twice on my piano.

    Hm. Now let me preface this: I’m a folk-song lover at heart, and sentimentally fond of I-IV-V and waltz-chorded music. But I didn’t like this. In its defense, it is a good example of music of the period, but it is nevertheless a little lightweight.

    Comment by Coffinberry — November 2, 2009 @ 7:47 pm

  2. Oh, you don’t have to tip-toe quite that carefully, Coffinberry — I’ve told you I’m not vouching for the worthiness of these! But if it gives a flavor of the past, the same way some of the jokes and images and stories do, without necessarily reflecting on today, that’s okay.

    Glad to know you tried it out.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 2, 2009 @ 8:48 pm

  3. Nice enough, but hardly memorable. And of course, parts of it would have to be rewritten for contemporary use.

    Comment by Researcher — November 3, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

  4. You don’t think that “blithe and gay” would cut it these days?

    Comment by Mark B. — November 3, 2009 @ 7:44 pm

  5. I had a chance to run through these pieces on the organ this evening. This one was kind of fun played with really reedy-sounding stops. Sounded like a merry-go-round. Definitely not sacrament meeting music, but perhaps a ward Christmas party.

    Comment by Researcher — November 4, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

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