John R. Sweney

John R. Sweney
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Short Name: John R. Sweney
Full Name: Sweney, John R., 1837-1899
Birth Year: 1837
Death Year: 1899

John R. Sweney (1837-1899) was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and exhibited musical abilities at an early age. At nineteen he was studying with a German music teacher, leading a choir and glee club, and performing at children’s entertainments. By twenty-two he was teaching at a school in Dover, Delaware. Soon thereafter, he was put in charge of the band of the Third Delaware Regiment of the Union Army for the duration of the Civil War. After the war, he became Professor of Music at the Pennsylvania Military Academy, and director of Sweney’s Cornet Band. He eventually earned Bachelor and Doctor of Music degrees at the Academy.

Sweney began composing church music in 1871 and became well-known as a leader of large congregations. His appreciators stated “Sweney knows how to make a congregation sing” and “He had great power in arousing multitudes.” He also became director of music for a large Sunday school at the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia of which John Wanamaker was superintendent (Wanamaker was the founder of the first major department store in Philadelphia). In addition to his prolific output of hymn melodies and other compositions, Sweney edited or co-edited about sixty song collections, many in collaboration with William J. Kirkpatrick. Sweney died on April 10, 1899, and his memorial was widely attended and included a eulogy by Wanamaker.

Joe Hickerson from "Joe's Jottings #9" used by permission


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Bright Melodies: for the Sunday school and young people's societies embracing praise hymns, work songs, invitation songs, primary songs, etc., etc.Jno R. Sweney (Editor)
Dew Drops: comprising new songs, hymns, etc. for young singersJno. R. Sweney (Editor)
Finest of the Wheat Male ChorusJohn R. Sweney (Editor)
Gems of Praise and Joyful Songs CombinedJ. R. Sweney (Editor)
Gems of Praise (Choice Collection of Sacred Melodies)J. R. Sweney (Editor)
Glad HallelujahsJohn R. Sweney (Editor)
Goodly Pearls for the Sunday SchoolJ. R. Sweney (Editor)
Gospel Hosannas A Choice Collection of Hymns and Tunes for use in Evangelistic, Brotherhood and Mission Meetings, Sunday School, Etc.John R. Sweney (Editor)
Hymn-Songs: for use in the Sunday school, young people's meeting, the church and homeJohn R. Sweney (Music Editor)
Infant Praises: a collection of sacred songs, hymns, and music, for use in the Sabbath school primary departmentJno. R. Sweney (Editor)
Joy to the World: or, sacred songs for gospel meetingsJno. R. Sweney (Editor)
Joyful Sound: a collection of new hymns and music with familiar selectionsJohn Robson Sweney (Editor)
Junior Songs: a collection of sacred hymns and songs; for use in meetings of junior societies, Sunday Schools, etc.John R. Sweney (Editor)
Living Hymns: for use in the Sabbath School, Christian Endeavor Meetings, the church & homeJohn R. Sweney (Editor)
Melodies of SalvationJ. R. Sweney (Editor)
Melodies of SalvationJ. R. Sweney (Editor)
Melodious SonnetsJohn R. Sweney (Editor)
On Joyful Wing : A Book of Praise and SongJohn R. Sweney (Editor)
Our Praise in Song: a collection of hymns and sacred melodies, adapted for use by Sunday schools, Endeavor societies, Epworth Leagues, evangelists, pastors, choristers, etc.Jno R. Sweney (Editor)
Our Sabbath Home Praise BookJ. R. Sweney (Editor)
Praise in SongJ. R. Sweeney (Editor)
Precious Hymns for Times of Refreshing and RevivalJno. R. Sweney (Music Editor)
Prohibition melodist: to which is added the Water fairies (a temperance cantata)Sweney, John R., 1837-1899. (Author)
Radiant Songs: for use in meetings for Christian worship or workJno R. Sweney (Editor)
Redemption songsJno. R. Sweney (Music Editor)
Sacred Trio: comprising Redemption Songs, Showers of Blessing, the Joyful SoundJno. R. Sweney (Music Editor)
Showers of BlessingJno. R. Sweney (Editor)
Songs of Joy and GladnessJno. R. Sweney (Editor)
Songs of Love and PraiseJohn Robson Sweney (Editor)
Songs of Love and Praise No. 2 for use in meetings for christian worship or workJohn R. Sweney (Editor)
Songs of Love and Praise No. 3 : For use in Meetings for Christian Worship of WorkJohn R. Sweney (Editor)
Songs of Love and Praise No. 4Jno. R. Sweney (Editor)
Songs of Love and Praise No. 5: for use in meetings for Christian worship or workJohn R. Sweney (Editor)
Songs of Perfect LoveJohn R. Sweney, Mus. Doc. (Editor)
Songs of Redeeming LoveJno R. Sweney (Editor)
Songs of Redeeming Love (No. 2)Jno. R. Sweney (Editor)
Songs of the CenturyJ. R. Sweney (Editor)
Songs of the New Life with Songs of Redeeming Love Combined: for use in gospel meetings, etc.Jno R. Sweney, Mus Doc (Editor)
Sunlit SongsJohn Robson Sweney (Editor)
Temple Songs (Seaside ed.)Jno. R. Sweney (Music Editor)
Temple Trio: comprising "On Joyful Wing", "Melodious Sonnets" and "Precious Hymns"J. R. Sweney (Editor)
The Ark of PraiseJ. R. Sweney (Editor)
The Bow of Promise: hymns new and old for missionary and revival meetings and Sabbath-schoolsJno. R. Sweney (Editor)
The Finest of the Wheat No. 2Jno. R. Sweney (Editor)
The GarnerJ. R. Sweney (Editor)
The Quiver of Sacred Song, for use in Sunday School, Prayer Meetings, Gospel Meetings, etc.Jno. R. Sweney (Editor)
The Royal Fountain No.3: sacred songs and hymns for use in Sabbath-school or prayer meetingJno R. Sweney (Editor)
The Royal Fountain No.4: sacred songs and hymns for use in Sabbath-school or prayer meetingJ. R. Sweney (Editor)
The Sacred Trio: comprising Redemption Songs, Showers of Blessing, The Joyful Sound (Word ed.)John R. Sweney (Editor)
The Voice of Triumph (19th ed.)Jno. R. Sweney (Editor)
The Welcome Voice: a collection of gospel hymns and songsJno. R. Sweney (Editor)
The Wells of Salvation: songs for the Sabbath SchoolJohn R. Sweney (Editor)
Unfading Treasures: a compilation of sacred songs and hymns, adapted for use by Sunday schools, Epworth Leagues, endeavor societies, pastors, evangelists, choristers, etc.Jno. R. Sweney (Editor)
Winning SongsJ. R. Sweney (Editor)

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