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[If the dark shadows gather]

[If the dark shadows gather]

Composer: B. D. Ackley
Published in 42 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Composer: B. D. Ackley

Bentley DeForrest Ackley was born 27 September 1872 in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania. He was the oldest son of Stanley Frank Ackley and the brother of A. H. Ackley. In his early years, he traveled with his father and his father's band. He learned to play several musical instruments. By the age of 16, after the family had moved to New York, he began to play the organ for churches. He married Bessie Hill Morley on 20 December 1893. In 1907 he joined the Billy Sunday and Homer Rodeheaver evangelist team as secretary/pianist. He worked for and traveled with the Billy Sunday organization for 8 years. He also worked as an editor for the Homer Rodeheaver publishing company. He composed more than 3000 tunes. He died 3 September 1958 in Winona Hills, In… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [If the dark shadows gather]
Composer: B. D. Ackley
Incipit: 34516 53123 45617
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain



Piano Solo

  • Jan Sanborn Piano Collection: Contemporary Arrangements of Old Gospel Standards
    Composer/Editor Jan Sanborn
    Published By: The Rodeheaver, Hall-Mack Company (1971) pp. 16
  • Sacred Piano Transcriptions
    Composer/Editor Rob Roy Peery
    Published By: The Rodeheaver, Hall-Mack Company (1950) pp. 20


The Cyber Hymnal #3198
Text: If Your Heart Keeps Right
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Cáliz de Bendiciones #259

Page Scan

Mil Voces para Celebrar #259

Sacred Selections for the Church #581


The Cyber Hymnal #3198

Include 38 pre-1979 instances
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