1855–1933

Introduction

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Born: Sep­tem­ber 15, 1855, Neu­en­heim, Ger­ma­ny.

Died: Au­gust 3, 1933, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: North­wood Ce­me­te­ry, Penn­syl­van­ia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

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Biography

Though blind­ed by an eye in­fect­ion at age eight, Gei­bel was a suc­cess­ful com­pos­er, con­duc­tor, and or­gan­ist.

Emigrating from Ger­ma­ny pro­ba­bly around 1864, he stu­died at the Penn­syl­van­ia In­sti­tute for the Blind, and wrote a num­ber of Gos­pel songs, an­thems, can­ta­tas, etc. He was al­so well known for se­cu­lar songs like Ken­tuc­ky Babe and Sleep, Sleep, Sleep.

He found­ed the Ad­am Ge­ibel Mu­sic Com­pa­ny, which lat­er ev­olved in­to the Hall-Mack Com­pa­ny, then merg­ed to be­come the Ro­de­hea­ver Hall-Mack Com­pa­ny.

In 1885, Gei­bel or­gan­ized the J. B. Stet­son Mis­sion. He con­duct­ed the Stet­son Cho­rus of Penn­syl­van­ia, and was a mu­sic in­struc­tor at the Penn­syl­van­ia In­sti­tu­tion for the Ins­truc­tion of the Blind (1884–1901).

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