Theodore Baker

BAKER, Theodore.  b. New York State, 3 June 1851; d. Dresden, Germany, 12 October 1934.  Baker was a music scholar and compiler/editor of Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians,  (1900), and translator of four standard texts published in the USA as hymns and anthems:   ‘We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing’*, from ‘Wilt heden nu treden’, in Adrianus Valerius’s (1575-1620) collection, Nederlandtsche Gedenck-clanck (Haarlem, 1626). The Dutch melody is KREMSER, arranged by Austrian composer Eduard Kremser* (1838-1914). Kremser used Josef Weyl’s (1821-1895) translation from Dutch to German, and Baker translated Weyl’s text, first appearing as ‘Prayer of Thanksgiving: Old...

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