By Rosemary Pollock
New Collection of Eliza R. Snow's 'Greatest Hymns'
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Early Mormon poet and writer, Eliza R. Snow,
will be featured in a "Greatest Hymns" collection of 14 of her songs.
Uplifting and doctrinal, many of her poems were made into hymns by
the early Saints and 27 of her hymns have appeared in Mormon
hymnbooks since pioneer times. Featured songs in the "Greatest
Hymns" collection will include, "O My Father", "Truth Reflects Upon
Our Senses" and "Though Deepening Trials."
Early Latter-day Saint composers such as Ebenezer Beesley, George
Careless and Evan Stephens used Eliza's poems for their music, while
other poems were set to popular folk music. The "Greatest Hymns"
collection will feature the music of W.E. Peterson and Roger Hoffman.
"Since Snow only wrote the words,we figured we could take this
liberty," Peterson and Hoffman said. They have attempted to keep the
new melodies in the spirit of Snow's words, from the lively
admonishing "Think Not When You Gather to Zion" to the more gentle
"Let Those Who Would Be Saints Indeed."
A variety of artists perform the featured songs from a full choir to
soloists Jenny Jordan Frogley and David Tinney. The variety of piano
solos to orchestral arrangements adds a variety of appeal to the
Snow's 'Greatest Hymns' is a delightful collection
Deseret News 4Nov00 A2
By Carma Wadley: Deseret News senior writer
VARIOUS ARTISTS, "Eliza R. Snow's Greatest Hymns," (Hoffman &Peterson)