Charles Crozat Converse

Charles Crozat Converse Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    7th October 1832
  • Died
    18th October 1918
  • Birthplace
    Warren, Massachusetts, USA

Charles Crozat Converse was a United States attorney who also worked as a composer of church songs. He was born in Warren, Massachusetts. He is notable for setting to music the words of Joseph Scriven to become the hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus". Converse also published an arrangement of "The Death of Minnehaha", with words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He studied law and music in Leipzig, Germany, returned home in 1857, and was graduated at the Albany Law School in 1861. Many of his musical compositions appeared under the anagrammatic pen-names “C. O. Nevers,” “Karl Reden,” and “E. C. Revons.” He published a cantata (1855), New Method for the Guitar (1855), Musical Bouquet (1859), The One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Psalm (1860), Sweet Singer (1863), Church Singer (1863) and Sayings of Sages (1863). Converse proposed the use of the gender-neutral pronoun, "Thon"

Title Form Instrument Ratings
The Anthem Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church Sacred Mass Choir
The Church Singer Sacred Mass Choir and Orchestra
The Standard Hymnal Sacred Mass Choir
The Sweet Singer Sacred Mass Choir
When the Lord Turned Again Sacred Mass Choir and Orchestra
Songs of the Covenant Song Cycle Choir