Monthly Music & Tips: The Lost Chord
Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842- 1900), an English composer, is renowned for operatic works including H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. His hymns include Onward, Christian Soldiers.
The best known of his songs is The Lost Chord, composed at the bedside of his ailing brother, Fred. The manuscript is dated 13 January 1877; Fred Sullivan died five days later. The lyric was written as a poem by Adelaide Anne Procter called "A Lost Chord," published in 1858. The song was immediately successful. Many singers have recorded the song including Enrico Caruso, who sang it at a benefit concert for families of victims of the Titanic disaster.
This organ arrangement features traditional pipe organ stops plus Orchestral Strings, Orchestral Harp, French Horn, and Choral Voices.