Thomas Hastings was an American composer an author of hymn tunes of which the best known is "Toplady" for the hymn Rock of Ages. He was born to Eunice Hastings in Washington, Connecticut, he was a 3rd great-grandson of Thomas Hastings who came from the East Anglia region of England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634. Hastings moved to Clinton, New York, as a youth and began his career as a singing teacher, being a self-taught musician. Hastings compiled the hymn book Spiritual Songs with Lowell Mason in 1831, which included his most well-known hymn "Rock of Ages." He moved to New York City, where he served as a choir master for 40 years, from 1832 to 1872. Hastings was a prolific composer, writing some 1000 hymn tunes over his career, what Mason calls the "simple and solemn" style of his music remains a major influence on the hymns of the Protestant churches to this day. Hastings' 1822 Dissertation on Musical Taste, the first full musical treatise by an American author, was a notable voice in the shift in American music toward the models of German music rather than British.
While Hastings' first compilation still showed strong evidence of adherence to the British tradition works would include many German songs, what older hymns and other settings he did include had the harmonies rewritten to conform to German ideals of classical music. In addition to his composition and compiling of tunebooks for use in the singing schools, Hastings founded Musical Magazine, a periodical he edited from 1835 to 1837. Hastings is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery. Thomas Hastings: An Introduction to His Life and Music. Hermine Weigel Williams. IUniverse, 2005. ISBN 0-595-36667-8. Hitchcock, H. Wiley. Music in the United States: A Historical Introduction. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-608407-9 Crawford and David W. Music: "Thomas Hastings". Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy. Accessed 26 Jul 05. Free scores by Thomas Hastings in the Choral Public Domain Library Free scores at the Mutopia Project Descendants of Thomas Hastings website Descendants of Thomas Hastings on Facebook Works by or about Thomas Hastings at Internet Archive
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