Hart Pease Danks

Hart Pease Danks Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    6th April 1834
  • Died
    20th November 1903
  • Birthplace
    New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Hart Pease Danks was a musician who specialized in composing, singing and leading choral groups. He is best known for his 1873 composition, Silver Threads Among the Gold. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Danks moved with his family to Saratoga Springs, New York when he was eight. He studied music with Dr. E. Whiting, later moving to Chicago, where he worked as a carpenter in his father's construction business before embarking on a full-time music career. In 1858, he married Hattie R. Colahan. In 1864, he moved to New York City. In 1873, he published his best known song, "Silver Threads Among the Gold" (words by Eben E. Rexford), which sold over three million copies. Having sold the rights to it, though, he died penniless in a boarding house in Philadelphia, his last written words: "It’s hard to die alone". His widow died, alone, in 1924. Danks is buried at Kensico Cemetery, in Valhalla, New York. Pease Danks was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. He wrote over 1,000 songs. His works also include several operettas, including for instance Zanie (published 1887, to a libretto by Fanny Crosby) and Pauline, or the Belle of Saratoga (ca.1874)

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Christ our Passover Anthem Voice(s) and Instruments
Birdie Blossom Chorale Voice(s) and Piano
Blessed are the Heirs of Heaven Chorale Choir
Dreaming of My Darling Chorale Voice(s) and Instruments
Father and Mother are Homeless To-Day Chorale Voice(s) and Piano
Give Us Water, Cold Water Chorale Voice(s) and Piano
In the Cottage O'er the Way Chorale Voice(s) and Piano
It Seems Like an Age Since We Parted Chorale Voice(s) and Piano
O Beauteous Star Chorale Choir
Only a Little While Chorale Voice(s) and Piano
Our Happy Trysting Place Chorale Voice(s) and Piano
Pretty Little Bright Eyes Chorale Voice(s) and Piano
Shout Your Glad Hosannas Chorale Choir
The Maid of Glendare Chorale Voice(s) and Piano
When Papa Dear Comes Home Chorale Voice(s) and Piano
Wife, Children, Home and Friends Chorale Voice(s) and Piano
Zanie Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Behold Now, Praise the Lord Sacred Mass Choir and Instrument
Benedic Anima Mea and Gloria in F major Sacred Mass Choir and Instrument
Crown of Jewels Sacred Mass Choir and Instrument