John Speller's Web Pages With glory lit the midnight air (A New Christmas Hymn for Choirs)

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With glory lit the midnight air (A New Christmas Hymn for Choirs)
This Christmas anthem was first published by Henry McCaffrey in Baltimore in 1853. The author of the text, the Rev. Dr. John McCaffrey (1806-1880) was President of Mount St. Mary College in Emmitsburg, Maryland from 1838 to 1872. Henry Dielman (1811-1882), whose name is sometimes spelt Diehlman, came from Germany, and was Professor of Music and Organist under John McCaffrey at Mount St. Mary College, as well as organist of several churches in Baltimore. He is noteworthy for having been the first person to be awarded a Doctor of Music degree by an American university. Dielman's Mus.Doc. degree was conferred by Georgetown University. In later collections the text as well as the music of this anthem was often erroneously attributed to Dielman, but Dielman in fact only wrote the musical setting.

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Mount St. Mary's College (now University), Emmitsburg, Maryland, ca.1900
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