Samuel A. Ward biography

Samuel A. Ward

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Samuel A. Ward Biography

Samuel Ward was born on December 28, 1848, in Newark, New Jersey. He started playing the accordion when he was six years old, and by the age of sixteen, he was an organist at a church in New York City. Later, he owned a music store, played the organ at Grace Episcopal Church in Newark, and composed music.

Ward wrote the melody for 'Materna' on his way home from a trip to Coney Island, an amusement park at a beach in Brooklyn, New York. The tune just popped into his head as he stood riding on the boat back to Newark. Unfortunately, he never got to hear his melody used for 'America, the Beautiful.' The words and melody were first joined in November of 1904, and Samuel died on September 28, 1903.

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"America, the Beautiful" "By Katherine Lee Bates, music by Samuel A. Ward, adapted from an arrangement by Carmen Dragon. Arranged by Teena Chinn. Choir Secular. SATB choir. Choral Octavo. Patriotic. Grade 3. Choral Octavo. 8 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing"

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