Harold Friedell (May 11, 1905, Jamaica, Queens, NY- February 17, 1958, Hasting-On-Hudson, NY) was an American organist, choirmaster, teacher, and composer. At an early age, he served as organist at First Methodist Episcopal Church (Jamaica, Queens) and studied organ with Clement Gale and David McK. Williams. He later served as organist at Calvary Church (New York), organist and choirmaster at Saint John’s Church (Jersey City, N.J.), organist and choirmaster at Calvary Church (New York), and finally organist and master of the choir at Saint Bartholomew’s Church (New York). Friedell also taught on the faculty of the Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music (New York). As a composer, Friedell composed works for organ, orchestra, a… Go to person page >
Give us this day our daily bread:
this is our prayer.
If by your grace you give us more,
Lord, help us share.
We are your voice, your hands, your feet;
use us to show in word and deed
compassion to a world in need.
In modified bar-form (AA'B), BARBARA consists of two long lines and a third, longer line that comes to a strong cadence by means of a melisma. Sing this music in unison with firm organ tone. The tune also makes a fine choral prayer during the offertory, perhaps sung without accompaniment.
BARBARA was composed by Harold W. Friedell (b. Jamaica, NY, 1905; d. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 1958) and published in Hymns for Children and Grownups (Farrar, Straus, and Young, 1953) as a setting for "Because I Have Been Given Much." The tune was published with the same text in New Songs for the Junior Choir (Concordia, 1961). Friedell taught music theory and composition at the Guilmant Organ School, the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary, and the Juilliard School of Music. He also served as organist at the Calvary Episcopal Church and St. Bartholomew Church, both in New York City, and at St. John Episcopal Church in Jersey City, New Jersey. Friedell composed a number of hymn tunes, carols, anthems, and service music.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook