Omer Westendorf, one of the earliest lyricists for Roman Catholic liturgical music in English, died on October 22, 1997, at the age of eighty-one.
Born on February 24, 1916, Omer got his start in music publishing after World War II, when he brought home for his parish choir in Cincinnati some of the Mass settings he had discovered in Holland. Interest in the new music being published in Europe led to his creation of the World Library of Sacred Music, initially a music-importing firm that brought much of this new European repertoire to U.S. parishes. Operating out of a garage in those early years, Omer often joked about the surprised expressions of visitors who stopped by and found a wide range of sheet music in various states of “stora… Go to person page >
In 1899 Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (b. Hameenlina, Tavastehus, Finland, 1865; Jarvenpaa, near Helsingfors, Finland, 1957) wrote a musical score for six historical tableaux in a pageant that celebrated and supported the Finnish press against Russian oppression. In 1900 Sibelius revised the music…
Display Title: Stewards of the EarthFirst Line: All praise to you, O Lord of all creationTune Title: FINLANDIAAuthor: Omer Westendorf, b. 1916Date: 1994Subject: Christian Living | ; Creation | ; Reverence/Wonder Before God |
Display Title: All Praise to You (Stewards of Earth)First Line: All praise to you, O God of all creationTune Title: FINLANDIAAuthor: Omer WestendorfMeter: 10 10 10 10 10 10Date: 1996Subject: God | Creation and Providence; Christian Experience | ; Creation | ; Duty | ; Ecology | ; God | Creator; God | Grace; Heaven(s)/Paradise | ; Praise | ; Processionals (Opening of Worship) | ; Service | ; Service Music | Doxologies; Stewardship | ; Understanding | ; Wisdom | ; Wonder |