John Speller's Web Pages Upon a starry night of old

John Speller's Web Pages - North American Christmas Carols

Upon a starry night of old
The tune for this carol was written by Joseph Mosenthal (1834-1896). Mosenthal, who came from a distinguished German-Jewish family, studied organ under his father and violin under Ludwig Spohr in his native town of Cassel. He emigrated to the United States in 1853 and from 1860 until his retirement in 1887 was organist of Grace Episcopal Church in New York City.

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Joseph Mosenthal (1836-1896). Image courtesy of New York Public Library
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