William Batchelder Bradbury
He moved with his parents to Boston and met Lowell Mason, and by 1834 was known as an organist. In 1840, he began teaching in Brooklyn, New York. In 1847 he went to Germany, where he studied harmony, composition, and vocal and instrumental music with the best masters.
In 1854, he started the Bradbury Piano Company, with his brother, Edward G. Bradbury in New York City. William Bradbury is best known as a composer and publisher of a series of musical collections for choirs and schools. He was the author and compiler of fifty-nine books starting in 1841.
In 1862, Bradbury found the poem Jesus Loves Me. Bradbury wrote the music and added the chorus: "Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus Loves me ..."
He composed many tunes, including those for He Leadeth Me; Just As I Am, Without One Plea; Sweet Hour of Prayer; Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us and My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less, all of which can still be found in hymmbooks and songbooks today.
- The Golden Chain (1861)
- Hold On Abraham! (1862)
- The Key-Note and Pilgrim Song (1863)
- The Golden Censer (1864)
- Golden Trio (1864)
- The Shawm (1864)
- The Jubilee (1865)
- Temple Choir and Fresh Laurels (1867)
- Clairiona (1867) compilation of previous works
- Free scores by William Batchelder Bradbury in the Choral Public Domain Library (ChoralWiki)
- Free scores Mutopia Project
- More scores and biographical information at Hymnary.org
- Works by or about William Batchelder Bradbury at Internet Archive
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