Composer: Katherine K. Davis (1962)
Published in 6 hymnals

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Composer: Katherine K. Davis

Katherine K. Davis Born: June 25, 1892; St. Joseph, MO Died: April 20, 1981; Littleton, MA Davis was born on June 25, 1892, in St. Joseph, MO. She studied piano from her early childhood and began composing at 15. After graduating from St. Joseph High School she enrolled at Wellesley College, where she won the Billings Prize for Composition. As a talented pianist, organist, and composer of promise, she sufficiently impressed the faculty to stay on there as a teacher of piano and theory after her 1914 graduation. She began advanced studies in her post-graduate years at the New England Conservatory of Music. Later on Davis traveled to Paris where she studied briefly with iconic music pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. After returning to… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Katherine K. Davis (1962)
Meter: D
Incipit: 11554 53423 42121
Key: e minor
Copyright: © 1964, Abingdon Press


Katherine Kennicott Davis (b. St. Joseph, MA, 1892; d. Concord, MA, 1980) composed MASSACHUSETTS in 1962 for The Methodist Hymnal (1964), in which it was set to Charles Kingsley's "From Thee All Skill and Science Flow." Davis named the tune after her home state. MASSACHUSSETTS exhibits the classic structure of a rounded bar form (AABA). The second half of stanzas 2 and 3 and all of stanza 4 bear an energetic and even jubilant performance; sing the entire psalm with two beats per measure. Davis studied at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she was also a teaching assistant in music. From 1921 to 1929 she taught singing and piano in private schools in Concord, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After 1929 she devoted herself largely to music composition. She wrote some eight hundred pieces, most of which were choral (often writing under several pseudonyms). One of her most popular songs is "The Little Drummer Boy," originally called "Carol of the Drum" (1941). Her other publications include the folk operetta Cinderella (1933) and Songs of Freedom (1948). --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988


Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

Celebrating Grace Hymnal #675

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #321

Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #300

Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #360

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #57

Trinity Psalter Hymnal #26

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