1845–1920

Introduction

Born: De­cem­ber 8, 1845, Ol­ive, New York.

Died: Ap­ril 3, 1920, Ho­bo­ken, New Jer­sey.

Buried: Green-Wood Ce­me­te­ry, Brook­lyn, New York.

Biography

Homer des­cend­ed from three May­flow­er pass­en­gers, and from Jo­si­ah Bart­lett, a sign­er of the Am­er­i­can De­cla­ra­tion of In­de­pend­ence and first gov­ern­or of New Hamp­shire. His wife was Em­ma L. Cor­nell.

Bartlett’s mu­sic­al gift was ev­i­dent ear­ly: He be­gan play­ing the pi­a­no pub­lic­ly at age 10, and be­gan com­pos­ing a year lat­er. He stu­died mu­sic un­der Se­bas­ti­an Bach Mills, Max Braun and Ja­cob­sen.

He served as or­gan­ist and mu­sic di­rect­or at the Mar­ble Col­le­gi­ate Church in New York Ci­ty for 12 years, then for 31 years at the Ma­di­son Av­e­nue Ba­ptist Church.

Bartlett com­posed a wide va­ri­e­ty of work, in­clud­ing op­er­a, or­a­tor­ios, pol­kas, Christ­mas an­thems, and more. He was a found­ing mem­ber of the Am­er­i­can Guild of Or­gan­ists, and served as pre­si­dent of the Na­tion­al As­so­ci­a­tion of Or­gan­ists.

Sources

Music

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