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How Can I Keep From Singing?

By Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

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Brass Quintet - Intermediate
Composed by Robert Lowry (1826-1899) and Robert Lowry (1826-1899). Arranged by Todd Marchand. Christian, Gospel, Sacred. 9 pages. Published by Con Spirito Music (S0.180831).

Item Number: S0.180831

“How Can I Keep From Singing?” is, perhaps, the second most well-known gospel hymn authored by Robert Lowry (1826-1899) — the first being “Shall We Gather at the River?”

Born in Philadelphia, Lowry studied at Pennsylvania's Lewisburg (today Bucknell) University; was ordained a Baptist minister in 1854; served in churches in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey; and later returned to Lewisburg and served as chancellor.

Best remembered as a writer of more than 500 gospel songs and hymns, Lowry served as editor for Biglow & Main publishing company, where he edited numerous gospel song books and hymn books.

Like Horatio Spafford’s “It Is Well With My Soul,” Lowry’s “How Can I Keep From Singing?” (also known as “Endless Song”) expresses confidence in the eternal promises of Christ in spite of temporal circumstances. Its first verse and refrain proclaim:

"My life flows on in endless song above earth’s lamentation; I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn, that hails a new creation. (Refrain): No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that Rock I’m clinging; since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?"

This intermediate-level arrangement is quick to rehearse, satisfying to play, and well-received by audiences. Suitable for high school ensembles, church and community musicians, and professionals for use in concert, recital, and worship. Ideal as a prelude or offertory/communion anthem.

©Copyright 2016 Todd Marchand

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