Leo Sowerby (1895-1968) is perhaps the most famous composer of American church music as well as a noted organist. A composer of over two hundred anthems and eighty-five organ works, he was founder and first director of the College of Church Musicians at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. "I Was Glad", a setting of Psalm 122, was written in the summer of 1941. It was first presented on October 22, 1941 at the National Cathedral for the seating of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Right Reverend Henry St. George Tucker, and is dedicated to him. As with many of Sowerby's anthems, the organ does not serve merely as a background accompaniment but as an integral part of the entire piece.
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