Born: December 8, 1845, Olive, New York.
Died: April 3, 1920, Hoboken, New Jersey.
Buried: Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.
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.
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