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Gabriel: His Eye Is On The Sparrow for Cello & Piano

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Cello & Piano - Easy/Beginner - Digital Download
Composed by Gabriel. Arranged by James M. Guthrie. Christian, Gospel, Repertoire, Easter, Lent. Score, Set of Parts. 7 pages. Published by jmsgu3 (S0.302171).

Item Number: S0.302171

Score: 4 pg. solo part: 1 pg, Piano part: 2 pg. Duration: 2:18, 57 measures in 6/8, 3 verses. The voice-leading in the first 2 verses is modified and improved from the original. The 3rd verse modulates up a semi-tone then features a descant that simulates bird calls.

Gabriel Background

Charles Gabriel (1856 –1932)was an American gospel songwriter and, in like manner, a composer of gospel tunes. Not only that but,historians believe he wrote between 7,000 and 8,000 songs. Moreover, a goodnumber of these still appear in contemporary hymnals. Gabriel furthermore wrotemany songs using different names, including Charlotte G. Homer, H. A. Henry,and S. B. Jackson.

Early Years

A point often overlooked isthat Charles Gabriel was born in Iowa and raised on a farm. Another key pointis that his dad directed singing schools in their home. As a result, Charlesbecame interested in music. In fact, he even taught himself to play the reedorgan. He never received formal music training, nonetheless, at age 17, hebegan to travel and direct his own singing schools at many different sites.The people of his hometown, Wilton, indeed recognized his musical aptitude.  Consequently, he often composed songs andlyrics for the local Presbyterian church. One such song, How Could it Be, was forthwith published, and edited by Gabriel. Themusic is instead credited to "Charles H. Marsh." In reality, Marsh isprobably yet another of Gabriel's pen names.

Later Years

In any event, he was eventuallyappointed as music director at Grace Methodist Episcopal Church in SanFrancisco, California. The people at Grace Church in effect asked him to writea song for a mission celebration. As a result, he composed Send the Light. This consequently became his first profitable song. Henceforth,he relocated to Chicago and began working with the Rodeheaver publishing house.Gabriel was, in time, married twice. To begin with, the first marriage was to FannieWoodhouse. This marriage suddenly ended in divorce. Later, he married AmeliaMoore. In due time, he had one child from each marriage. He finally died inHollywood.

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