Gabriel, Charles H(utchinson), American

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Gabriel, Charles H(utchinson), American

Gabriel, Charles H(utchinson), American composer and music editor; b. Wilton, Iowa, Aug. 18, 1856; d. Los Angeles, Sept. 14, 1932. He went to Chicago in 1892 and became active as a composer of gospel hymns for various evangelists. He then worked for Homer A. Rodeheaver’s publishing company (1912–32), and ed. the journal Gospel Choir (1915–23), for which he wrote his memoirs (IV, 1918), 35 gospel songbooks, 19 anthem collections, and 8 vols. of Sunday-school songs. He also authored the book Gospel Songs and Their Writers (Chicago, 1915). He was a prolific composer, and included in his more than 8,000 works are gospel hymns, Christmas cantatas, sacred cantatas, children’s cantatas, and secular operettas.

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