Samuel A. Ward originally composed this melody for the hymn “O Mother dear, Jerusalem” in 1882. It was first published in 1892. Katharine Lee Bates wrote the poem “Pikes Peak”, first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church periodical The Congregationalist in 1895. The melody and words we know today as “America the Beautiful” were first published together in 1910. It soon became a well known and popular American patriotic song.
Find a list of other hymn and chorale themes here.
Find a list of other traditional song themes here.
Gereon Krahforst – Improvisation on America the Beautiful and The Star Spangled Banner – St. Louis Cathedral Basilica