[Day is dying in the west] (Sherwin)

[Day is dying in the west] (Sherwin)

Composer: William F. Sherwin (1877)
Published in 219 hymnals


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Composer: William F. Sherwin

Sherwin, William Fisk, an American Baptist, was born at Buckland, Massachusetts, March 14,1826. His educational opportunities, so far as schools were concerned, were few, but he made excellent use of his time and surroundings. At fifteen he went to Boston and studied music under Dr. Mason: In due course he became a teacher of vocal music, and held several important appointments in Massachusetts; in Hudson and Albany, New York County, and then in New York City. Taking special interest in Sunday Schools, he composed carols and hymn-tunes largely for their use, and was associated with the Rev. R. Lowry and others in preparing Bright Jewels, and other popular Sunday School hymn and tune books. A few of his melodies are known in Great Britain th… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [Day is dying in the west] (Sherwin)
Composer: William F. Sherwin (1877)
Meter: 7.7.7.7.4 with refrain
Incipit: 11165 45111 65457
Notes: Other names: CHATAUQUA, EVENING PRAISE and SENNEN
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

William Fiske Sherwin (b. Buckland, MA, 1826; d. Boston, MA, 1888) composed EVENING PRAISE (also called CHAUTAUQUA) in 1877 as the tune to Mary A. Lathbury's text "Day Is Dying in the West." The text and tune were included in the hymnal (1878), and the song was sung at vespers at the Lake Chautauqua assembly in New York for more than one hundred years (see PHH 282 for information on the Chautauqua Institution).

Although he lacked much formal education, Sherwin's interest in music prompted him to attend singing schools and to study with Lowell Mason (PHH 96) and George Webb (PHH 559). He became the music director at Pearl Street Baptist Church in Albany and a teacher at the Albany Female Seminary. Later he taught voice at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In 1874 Methodist Bishop John H. Vincent, founder of the Chautauqua Assembly in New York State, asked Sherwin to organize and direct the Assembly's choruses. Sherwin retained that position until his death. He wrote few hymn texts but many hymn tunes and contributed to song collections such as Robert Lowry's Bright Jewels (1869) and Silas Vail's Songs of Grace and Glory (1874).

EVENING PRAISE neatly reserves its melodic climax for the final phrase of the refrain. Perform this psalm at a good tempo, with two beats per measure. Try the following for a beautiful rendition of this song: sing stanza 1 together, gather the children to sing stanza 2 (memorized ahead of time), and sing stanzas 3 and 4 unaccompanied and stanza 5 with solid accompaniment. The refrain should always be accompanied. Emily R. Brink (PHH 158) composed the descant in 1987 for the Psalter Hymnal. The key lends itself well to voices as well as instruments such as recorders, flutes, or violins. Just before the refrain is an option of A-C-sharp-D or, if A is too high for comfortable performance, F-sharp-E-D.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Arrangements

Piano Solo

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    Composer/Editor Gail Smith
    Published By: Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (1996) pp. 8
  • Quiet Time Piano Volume Four Precious Memories: Simply Beautiful Arrangements for Private Moments of Inspiration & Relaxation
    Composer/Editor Dick Bolks
    Published By: Jolica Music (1995) pp. 58
  • Sunday Evening Praise: 35 Piano Arrangements
    Composer/Editor W. Elmo Mercer
    Published By: Benson Music Group, Inc. (1991) pp. 8
  • World's Favorite Hymn Variations for Piano Solo
    Composer/Editor Lawrence Grant
    Published By: Ashley Publications, Inc. (1969) pp. 38
  • Concert Transcriptions of Favorite Hymns: For Piano
    Composer/Editor Clarence Kohlmann
    Published By: Theodore Presser Company (1942) pp. 36
  • The Church Pianist: 32 Arrangements of Appropriate Selections
    Composer/Editor Hilda Coll Funk
    Published By: The Standard Publishing Company (1936) pp. 12

Piano and Organ Duet

  • I Need Thee Every Hour: Piano Organ Duets
    Composer/Editors Kurt Kaiser; Herbert Colvin
    Published By: Word Music Group, LLC (1977) pp. 41
  • The Organ-Piano Hymnal
    Composer/Editor Ellen Jane Lorenz
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1961) pp. 6
  • Ethel Smith's Second Piano and Organ Duet Album
    Composer/Editor Ethel Smith
    Published By: Ethel Smith Music Corporation (1951) pp. 28

Organ Solo

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    Composer/Editors Carson P. Cooman; Robert J. Powell
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2016) pp. 20
  • Eight Preludes on Evening Hymns: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Peter Pindar Stearns
    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1990) pp. 18
  • The Chapel Organist Volume 2: Easy Arrangements for the Amateur Organist
    Composer/Editor Norman Johnson
    Published By: Singspiration Music, Inc. (1967) pp. 32
  • The Chapel Organist Volume Two: Designed for Worship, Evangelism and the Home
    Composer/Editor Norman Johnson
    Published By: Singspiration Music, Inc. (1967) pp. 32
  • One Hundred and One Hymns for Every Day: Hymns You'll Love to Sing and Play
    Composer/Editor Anonymous
    Published By: Hansen Publications, Inc. (1962) pp. 20
  • Lorenz's Organ Chimes Folio: Organ Settings for Festive Occasions
    Composer/Editors Ellen Jane Lorenz; Van Denman Thompson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1947) pp. 49
  • Organ Transcriptions of Favorite Hymns: With Hammond Organ Registration
    Composer/Editor Clarence Kohlmann
    Published By: Theodore Presser Company (1946) pp. 19
  • Van Denman Thompson's Hymn Meditations for Organ
    Composer/Editor Van Denman Thompson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1940) pp. 1

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Favorite Hymn Tunes in Dual Settings Book 1: For All Organs
    Composer/Editor Arthur E. Bergman
    Published By: King Music Publishing Co. (1964) pp. 24
  • The Organ-Piano Duet Hymnal
    Composer/Editor Ellen Jane Lorenz
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1961) pp. 6

Voices: Vocal Solo

  • Hymns We Love: Vocal / Piano
    Composer/Editor J. Sears
    Published By: Robbins Music Corporation (1968) pp. 28

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