Composer: Robert Archibald Smith
Published in 5 hymnals

Composer: Robert Archibald Smith

Although largely self-taught, Robert A. Smith (b. Reading, Berkshire, England, 1780; d. Edinburgh, Scotland, 1829) was an excellent musician. By the age of ten he played the violin, cello, and flute, and was a church chorister. From 1802 to 1817 he taught music in Paisley and was precentor at the Abbey; from 1823 until his death he was precentor and choirmaster in St. George's Church, Edinburgh. He enlarged the repertoire of tunes for psalm singing in Scotland, raised the precentor skills to a fine art, and greatly improved the singing of the church choirs he directed. Smith published his church music in Sacred Harmony (1820, 1825) and compiled a six-volume collection of Scottish songs, The Scottish Minstrel (1820-1824). Bert Polman Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: INVOCATION (Smith)
Composer: Robert Archibald Smith
Meter: D
Incipit: 13554 34321 23655
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 4 of 4)
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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #35


Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #35

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The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #P43c

The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #189

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