Frank W. Asper

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Frank W. Asper
Photo of Frank W. Asper
Asper in 1948
Personal details
Born Frank Wilson Asper
(1892-02-09)February 9, 1892
Salt Lake City, Utah
Died November 8, 1973(1973-11-08) (aged 81)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Resting place Salt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′37.92″N 111°51′28.8″W / 40.7772000°N 111.858000°W / 40.7772000; -111.858000
Occupation Composer and also Mormon Tabernacle organist
Spouse Ellen Marie Connors
Florence E. Robinson

Frank Wilson Asper ((1892-02-09)February 9, 1892 – November 8, 1973(1973-11-08)) was a Latter-day Saint composer and also Mormon Tabernacle organist beginning in 1925.

Asper came from a musically inclined family. He studied under Ebenezer Beesley as a youth and then studied at Stern Conservatory in Berlin and the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the University of Utah and Chicago Musical College. Besides being Mormon Tabernacle organist,[1] Asper was the organist of the First United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City, Utah.[2]

Asper was a fellow of the American Guild of Organists.[3]

Works[edit]

Asper penned words and music for several LDS hymns. Seven of these are found in the 1985 hymnal Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • 132: God Is in His Holy Temple – music[4]
  • 176: 'Tis Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love – music[5]
  • 189: O Thou, Before the World Began – music[6]
  • 222: Hear Thou Our Hymn, O Lord – words and music[7]
  • 245: This House We Dedicate to Thee – music[8]
  • 257: Rejoice! A Glorious Sound Is Heard – music[9]
  • 323: Rise Up, O Men of God (Men's Choir) – music[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistical Report 1973: Those who have passed away". Ensign: 20. May 1974. 
  2. ^ "The Organ at First United Methodist Church". First United Methodist (Salt Lake City). 
  3. ^ "Frank Wilson Asper: The Poet-Organist". The American Organist (American Guild of Organists) 23 (9): 90. 1989. 
  4. ^ "132". Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. LDS Church. 1985. 
  5. ^ "176". Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. LDS Church. 1985. 
  6. ^ "189". Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. LDS Church. 1985. 
  7. ^ "222". Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. LDS Church. 1985. 
  8. ^ "245". Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. LDS Church. 1985. 
  9. ^ "257". Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. LDS Church. 1985. 
  10. ^ "323". Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. LDS Church. 1985.