Harry Rowe Shelley

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Harry Rowe Shelley (June 8, 1858 – September 12, 1947)[1] was an American composer, organist (church and concert), and professor of music. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Shelley studied with Gustave J. Stoeckel at Yale College, Dudley Buck, Max (Wilhelm Carl) Vogrich, and Antonín Dvořák in New York, and completed his musical education in London and Paris. According to his New York Times obituary, Shelley "penned church music that won him wide popularity. For sixty years a host of English-speaking peoples throughout the world sang his hymns."

Shelley attended Hopkins Grammar School in New Haven, Connecticut and at fourteen played the organ at Center Church on the Green in New Haven. Although he entered Yale, he did not complete his freshman year. Shelley was organist at the Church of the Pilgrims during the ministry of Henry Ward Beecher and played at his funeral. Shelley died at age 89 in Short Beach, Connecticut.

Positions held

Selected compositions

Among his works are two symphonies; a symphonic poem, The Crusaders; a suite for orchestra, Souvenir de Baden-Baden; sacred cantatas, The Inheritance Divine, Vexilla Regis (1893); a violin concerto; an opera Leila (manuscript); songs and organ pieces. He also composed the Santa Claus Overture; Death and Life; and Lochinvar's Ride (1915); anthems, Hark, Hark, My Soul, The King of Love My Shepherd Is.


Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.

Contemporary Recordings[edit]

Shelley, Harry Rowe. "Santa Claus Overture, a lyrical intermezzo." On Those Fabulous Americans. The Symphony Orchestra of America; Matthew B. Phillips, conductor. Albany Records (Troy 103), 1993. Compact disc.


  1. ^ "MusicSack". Retrieved May 1, 2012.

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