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Other Masonic Composers & Performers

By The Square
"I will strive to live with love and care
upon the level by the square - 1507"
Found in Limerick, Ireland
Contributed by Brothers Tony Pope
and Donald G. Stephenson

Franz Abt ("Wenn die Schwalben heimwärts ziehn") (biography)

Roy Acuff ("King of the Hillbillies")

Louis Armstrong (biography)

Thomas Augustine Arne ("Rule, Brittania!")

Gene Autry (autobiography)

Johann Christian Bach (son of J. S. Bach)

Edward E. Bagley ("National Emblem March")

Michael William Balfe (biography)

William "Count" Basie (biography)

Ludwig van Beethoven* (biography)

Irving Berlin (biography)

Michel Blavet (Concerto for Flute, 2 Violins & Bass in Aminor - 1.Allegro)

Dimitry Stepanovich Bortnyansky (The Russian Masonic Anthem) (The Story)

John Walter Bratton (The Teddy Bears' Picnic) (biographical note)

Barnee Breeskin ("Hail to the Redskins!")

Chester Arthur Burnett a/k/a "Howlin' Wolf" (biography)

Robert Burns ("Auld Lang Syne")

Major General Daniel Butterfield ("Taps") (The True Story)

Charles Wakefield Cadman (biography)

Luigi Cherubini (biography)

Louis Nicolas Clérambault (Suite du Premier Ton - Grand Plein Jeu)

Roy Clark (biography)

George M. Cohan (biography)

Nat King Cole (biography)

Duke Ellington (biography)

Benjamin Franklin (composing for his glass "armonica")

Frederick the Great, King of Prussia (artist and composer)

George Gershwin (biography)

François Giroust (1738-1799) (a brief biographical sketch "Le Déluge - Rituel maçonnique funèbre")

Charles Francis Gounod (biography in French)

Oliver Norvell Hardy (biography) ("Lazy Moon")

A. Holmes-Dallimore ("Except the Lord Build the House" & al.)

Johan Napomuk Hummel (biography in German)

Al Jolson (biography)

Karl King (The Band King)

Rudyard Kipling (biography) (musical settings)

Reginald de Koven (biography)

Franz Lizst (biography)

Albert Hay Malotte ("The Lord's Prayer")

Etienne Nicolas Mehul ("La Chasse du Jeune Henri") (biography in French)

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy ("The Wedding March")

Giacomo Meyerbeer (biography)

Jacques-Christophe Naudot (Some biographical information)

Andreas Pflüger ("Masonic Music")

Ignaz Joseph Pleyel ("Pleyel's Hymn")

Roy Rogers ("Happy Trails")

Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle ("La Marseillaise") (biography in French)

Sigmund Romberg (biography)

George Dallas Sherman (letter to editor from Brother Norman Gene Lincoln on our More Light on Masonic Music page)

Red Skelton ("Red's White and Blue March")

John Stafford Smith ("The Star Spangled Banner")

Arsène Souffriau (born 1926 in Belgium)

Sir Arthur Sullivan ("Onward, Christian Soldiers")

Meredith Willson ("The Music Man")

Paul Whiteman (biography)

Blavet, Clérambault, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and Naudot composed masonic music. Blavet, Clérambault and Naudot were members of the fraternity. Their masonic music is available on 'Musiques Maconniques' (EMI Classics 7243 5 69567 2 8).

Samuel Wesley, brother of hymn writer Charles, was the first Grand Organist of the United GL of England.

There are several papers published in "Ars Quatour Coronatorum" on this topic.

* Beethoven and several others on this list are taken from a list published by the Masonic Services Association; their masonic connection may not be accurate.

Contributors of research to this page include:

Brother Neil Wynes Morse
Brother George Helmer
Brother Gary A. Fields
Brother Touvia (Teddy) Goldstein
Brother Mark R. Sandstrom
Brother John Shroeder
Brother Grady Lee Honeycutt
Brother Barnes A. Sharritt, Jr.
Brother Christian Stalder
Brother Richard Num


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The Masonic Information Center of The Masonic Services Association has published a great annotated listing of masonic composers and lyricists, The Craft's Noyse written by the outstanding masonic historian, Ill. Jim Tresner, 33º, G.C. This excellent new work is a comprehensive listing, of the thousands of brethren over the past three centuries who have comtributed to the rich musical heritage of freemasonry and the world, accompanied by informative comments on each composer or lyricist. Best of all it is available for a small fee from Masonic Services Association, 8120 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone (301) 588-4010.