Continuing with our Behind the Songs series, the first arrangement I created at inception of AnderKamp Music was To God Be the Glory for brass quintet. I had NO IDEA in 1998 when I started working on this arrangement what sort of incredible journey I would be on as brass players from literally AROUND THE WORLD have purchased music from us. I wonder if Fanny Crosby had any idea in 1872 (approximately) the impact this hymn and the countless others she penned would have?
To God Be the Glory for Brass Quintet in The Master’s Brass Quintet Series Volume 1. Click here for more information
And now ‘Behind the Songs’ for To God Be the Glory written by Fanny Crosby and William Howard Doane:
The Origins of “To God Be the Glory”:
The hymn “To God Be the Glory” was written by Fanny Crosby, one of the most prolific hymnists in history, and composed by William Howard Doane, a renowned American composer. The collaboration between these two talented individuals gave birth to a hymn that would resonate with generations to come.
Fanny Crosby, who lived from 1820 to 1915, wrote over 8,000 hymns throughout her life, many of which are still sung in churches today. Despite being blind from infancy, her faith and poetic gifts enabled her to create profound and uplifting lyrics that touched the hearts of countless individuals.
The Meaning and Message:
“To God Be the Glory” is a hymn that exalts the greatness and goodness of God. Its lyrics express profound gratitude and awe for the salvation and blessings received through God’s grace. The hymn reminds us of the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ, who gave his life on the cross for our redemption.
The hymn’s refrain encapsulates its core message: “Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!” It calls believers to acknowledge and celebrate God’s glory openly, inviting all people to join in the chorus of praise and adoration.
The enduring appeal of “To God Be the Glory” lies in its timeless message and melodic composition. The hymn’s beautiful melody, composed by William Howard Doane, complements the lyrical richness, evoking a sense of reverence and joy. Congregations worldwide have embraced this hymn, making it a staple in worship services and revivals across different denominations.
Furthermore, the hymn’s themes of gratitude, redemption, and praise resonate deeply with individuals facing challenges, seeking comfort, or celebrating life’s triumphs. Its words remind us that no matter the circumstances, our ultimate hope and source of strength lie in God’s abounding grace and love.
“To God Be the Glory” stands as a testament to the power of music and its ability to inspire and uplift the human spirit. Through the creative collaboration of Fanny Crosby and William Howard Doane, this hymn has transcended time and continues to resonate with believers around the world. Its lyrics remind us of the redemptive power of God’s love and invite us to offer our heartfelt praise and gratitude.
As we sing or reflect upon the words of “To God Be the Glory,” may it ignite within us a renewed sense of awe, thanksgiving, and dedication to live lives that bring glory to the One who created and sustains us. Let us join our voices together, for the earth to hear and the people to rejoice, as we proclaim the greatness and goodness of our God.