John Speller's Web Pages O'er Bethlehem's shepherd plains

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O'er Bethlehem's shepherd plains
The Rev. Daniel D Tappen (fl. 1865)) was a New England Congregationalist Minister. The tune for his 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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